War on Want states:
‘International trade rules have condemned millions of people to poverty, destroying jobs and undermining local producers in the name of free market capitalism. Yet not everyone is suffering. Giant multinational companies see their profits rise year after year by taking over new markets and forcing their competitors out of business.
Multinationals are allowed to do this because of the ‘free trade’ agreements that have shaped the global economy over the past 30 years. The UK and other member states of the European Union have led the push for free trade on behalf of transnational capital, whether through multilateral channels such as the WTO or through bilateral deals with individual countries and regions. Now the peoples of Europe face this same threat fromTTIP, the new trade and investment agreement being negotiated in secret between the EU and USA.
War on Want plays a leading role in the global movement fighting these agreements. Millions of activists, trade unionists, small farmers and working people across the world have taken to the streets to protest against the devastating trade policies that destroy their hopes for the future and their opportunities to find decent work. And we have won amazing victories as a movement over the past few years, stopping many of the worst agreements from coming into force and putting forward positive alternatives instead.
We want a trade system based on justice, equity and rights, not exploitation and profit – a system as set out in the Alternative Trade Mandate developed by War on Want and other allies as a positive alternative to the bankrupt model of capitalist growth and free trade. With the consensus on free market capitalism crumbling, now is the time we can make it happen. Join us and help change the rules of the global economy for good!’
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