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Trade unions and NGOs are concerned that the WTO negotiations, to be pursued at the Hong Kong Ministerial Conference in December, will have a massive impact on employment in the agricultural, industrial, fisheries, forestry and services sectors. CUPE and other organizations around the world are sending a strong message to WTO member states about the negative impacts of trade liberalisation on livelihoods, employment and degradation of work. We call upon those countries to; 1) put a moratorium on the present negotiations; and 2) undertake full public assessments of the employment, social, environmental and cultural impacts of existing trade and investment rules.
For the full statement please see www.world-psi.org/wtoandjobs