Capital's Strength and Labour's Weakness Under Free Trade

George Warskett

Abstract


The engagement of a wide coalition of opponents to the Free Trade Agreement in the federal election of 1988 - including notably the labour unions and the Pro-Canada Network - raises the larger political issue of labour's strategy in these times of economic and employment uncertainty. The premise of this paper is that the PTA is really no more than a regional manifestation of capital's global restructuring. Thus, the threat that free trade poses to job security and income must be understood in the wider context of the overall strategy of modern, highly mobile capital.

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Studies in Political Economy:
Online ISSN 1918-7033
Print ISSN 0707-8552