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Trade Unions, ‘Free Trade’, and the Problem of Transnational Solidarity: An Introduction

ByAndreas Bieler, John Hilary & Ingemar Lindberg

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?