Shoe makers such as Hosiyar, from Agra, talks of the worsening situation for many Indians since trade liberalisation policies took place over 15 years ago: "The work is reduced now, because of the government. They keep importing shoes from outside… We have become jobless."
The picture does not get much better in areas where there has been an increase in employment, such as the garments industry. The majority of these jobs provide little long-term security and are poorly paid. Ninety per-cent of the workforce are casual workers and up to 70% of workers receive no social security. This export led growth is taking place on the back of exploitation. Prakash, from Delhi, who lost his job after asking for a pay rise, says: "I have lost my total income. I’m also indebted… I don’t know what I should do."
A number of interwoven mandates from several chapters take dead aim at the public provision of health care. This is especially threatening to South Koreans who currently have such a system. These mandates would also make it much harder to create such a system in the United States. Among other things, the FTA provides for the establishment of special economic zones in South Korea where private U.S. insurance companies could set up operations under favorable conditions, thereby undermining the universal coverage and viability of the existing national public insurance system.
Even more deadly, several chapters appear to have the potential to bust South Korea’s health cost-control system. Currently, South Korea has a positive drug list, which is a listing of generic, low-cost drugs that the government believes are medically effective and which its insurance will cover. The FTA provides U.S. pharmaceutical corporations with several avenues to demand that their higher priced drugs be placed on the list. Such an outcome would put a huge financial strain on the country’s health care budget, potentially leading the government to abandon its public commitment.
Well, it certainly fucked Mexico and precipitated the present drug war, if Charles Bowden's to be believed.
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