United We Stand - blog 4 from WTO Ministerial

United We Stand - blog 4 from WTO Ministerial

Over 50 NGOs and trade unions from all over the world gathered to strategise and plan our activities over the next 5 days. Amazing unity, inspiring pooling of knowledge - exemplary!

Saturday started early with morning briefings, emails to Head Office and then the start of a 10 hour strategy workshop with NGOs and unions from all over the world. But Friday night saw another major crisis at the borders as security services blocked the entry of a renowned journalist from the UK. It is an utter disgrace.

Back to Saturday - lots of people here have been to many WTO Ministerials before - their experience and knowledge invaluable to the rest of us novices. During the day we have made media, action and lobby plans. We will co-create banners, flyers, information sheets. We will work together from our common room in the NGO house - and together we commit to doing what we can to add our voices and analyses to the delegations' knowledge books.

It is an exemplary cooperation. I am now part of a strong e-commerce group consisting of people from the Global South to the North. UNI brings the workers' perspective in on data flows and ownership, privacy rights and corporate behaviour. On taxation and the political spin to act as if they are the voice of the small and medium-sized companies, when in fact they are bowing to Big Tech.