Trade Unions, ‘Free Trade’, and the Problem of Transnational Solidarity: An Introduction
ABSTRACT This article outlines how the expanded ‘free trade’ agenda since the completion of
the GATT Uruguay Round in 1994 has further pushed neoliberal restructuring across the world.
The second part introduces a discussion of workers’ responses to ‘free trade’. While labour
movements of the Global South have often experienced ‘free trade’ as resulting in
deindustrialisation, Northern trade unions regard ‘free trade’ as a win-win strategy. How
can transnational solidarity be established in this situation?