The globalization process of world-wide accumulation and exclusion amounts to a global attack on elementary human rights, with very visible consequences: misery, hunger, homelessness, unemployment, deteriorating health conditions, landlessness, illiteracy, sharpened gender inequalities, explosive growth of the "informal" sector and the underground economy (particularly production and trade of drugs), the destruction of community life, cuts in social services and labour rights, increasing violence at all levels of society, accelerating environmental destruction, growing racial, ethnic and religious intolerance, massive migration (for economic, political and environmental reasons), strengthened military control and repression, etc.
The globalisation of capital has to a very significant extent dispossessed workers of their ability to confront or bargain with capital in a national context. Most of the conventional trade unions (particularly in the privileged countries) have accepted their defeat by the global economy and are voluntarily giving up the conquests won by the blood and tears of generations of workers. In compliance with the requirements of capital, they have traded solidarity for "international competitiveness" and labour rights for "flexibility of the labour market".
2. European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian aid, Poul Nielson, said : "following the 'Battle of Seattle' it is clear that the future benefits of continued trade liberalisation cannot be reaped without some compensation for the marginalised. While free trade without any doubt leads to global growth, there will - on balance - be severe negative consequences in certain sectors, certain countries and maybe even certain continents. The point is that the gains of the winners are sufficient to more than compensate the losers. If only we could get organised. It would be an illusion to believe that Europe or for that matter any industrialised country could stay an island of freedom, wealth and democracy, if rewards of politics and globalisations are not shared in the future (15 December 1999)."