AFL-CIO Calls for Action in D.C. against IMF and World Bank

[NOTE: The following is from the AFL-CIO website.]

A Call to Action to Globalize Justice
Global Justice Week of Action
Sept. 26–Oct. 1, 2001
Washington, D.C.

This fall, America’s unions will unite with a broad range of activists from around the world to insist on transforming the rules and institutions of the global economy to ensure that they work for working people.

The international union movement, student organizations, women’s groups, human rights advocates, faith-based activists, solidarity groups, immigrants, environmentalists, unemployed people, small farmers and business people will come together in a week of action to reject the global economic system that values profits over people.

As the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank hold their annual joint meetings in Washington, D.C., the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2001, we will come together for a massive march and rally and related events in the nation’s capital.

As we approach the November meeting of the World Trade Organization in Qatar, we also will be joining together with unions from around the world in global solidarity actions being planned by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU).

Also, in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24–25, the National Council of Women’s Organizations will hold its Women’s Equality Summit, Congressional Action Day with a focus on Social Security privatization—another item on the World Bank’s agenda.

The fall meetings of the IMF and World Bank will be among the most significant gatherings of the proponents and makers of corporate-led globalization in 2001.  We cannot just stand by as these institutions continue to structure global economic rules for the benefit of corporations and the wealthy and deny basic justice to the majority of the world’s people.

The IMF/World Bank are forcing national “structural adjustments” that include privatizing, downsizing, and slashing spending by governments; recklessly opening trade doors to exploitative foreign investment; and promotion of so-called “labor flexibility” moves, such as reducing the minimum wage and weakening workers’ protections. Some countries are spending more each year trying to repay loan debts to these institutions than they are able to spend to meet the basic health, sanitation and education needs of their people. Both domestically and abroad, the World Bank continues to promote privatization of our public systems with dangerous consequences for the well-being of workers.

The struggle against the IMF and World Bank is about much more than trade. It is the struggle to address the inequalities of the global economy through the institutions that perpetuate them.

Global justice activists are making three demands:

We call on people of conscience and good will to Be There for a Global Justice Week of Action:


Massive rally and march Sunday, Sept. 30, demanding: