The Swiss parliament ratified a Free Trade Agreement between the European Free Trade Association and Indonesia on December 20 last year, allegedly without addressing the environmental concerns regarding Indonesian palm oil production
Negotiators representing 16 countries have been tasked with arriving at an agreement on the controversial Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership by October 19 but trade unions say the deal has grave consequences
In light of the secretiveness that has marked negotiations around the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, trade justice activists and people’s movements are planning a campaign against the free trade agreement
The workers also protested against the death of 15 women farm workers in an accident in the city of Sidi Bouzid condemning the government’s failure to regulate the work and transport conditions of the agricultural laborers.
The US, Japan, the EU and Australia are among the countries pushing for a system of governing e-commerce which will restrict governments’ abilities to regulate internet giants such as Google and Facebook