Global Europe: New challenges for trade unions in a globalising world

07 July 2008

Europe’s aggressive external market access agenda, combined with its push internally for market reforms in the interest of competitiveness, poses new threats to workers in the North and South and will need a transnational trade union response.

Paper examines implications for labour movements of:

  • EU's aggressive trade liberalisation agenda, represented in Global Europe
  • Internal market reforms, such as the Bolkestein Directive and EU Green Paper on ‘Modernising labour law to meet the challenges of the 21st century’
  • Strength of globalised capital and corporations compared to labour movements

and calls for greater transnational cooperation between unions in the South and North to oppose an EU neoliberal economic agenda.