EU Watchdog Radio – Episode 3: logistics of globalisation – is this the world we want?

March 20, 2020

In the third episode of EU Watchdog Radio Nicholas Hildyard, UK based researcher and activist of the NGO, The Corner House, gives some fascinating insights in the world of logistics. A world that we all benefit from, but know very little about. 

Hildyard, who just published a new report with Counter Balance, states that we are all being ‘logisticized’ without even realizing it. The relatively new economic sector called ‘logistics management’ is now one of the biggest employers globally, sporting a value over 4 trillion euro. 

But what about the millions of hidden ‘ghostworkers’? They who work behind the scenes of the glossy websites, algorithms and logistical hubs that are so often forgotten? 

In his report ‘Corridors as factories: supply chains, logistics and labour’ Hildyard describes the scale and speed of this globalisation process, as well as the plans to multiply massive logistical hubs and/or corridors on all continents except Antarctica.

This process will have huge impacts on labour rights, human rights, the environment and all our societies. Hildyard describes some of the plans as extreme (politics) and labels the trend with the paradoxical and provocative term ‘neoliberal stalinism’. A major secondary question is whether the ongoing corona-crisis will slow down and what its impact will be on this trend.

Both CEO and Counter Balance raise awareness on the importance of good governance in the European Union. By researching issues like the lobbying of large and powerful industries, corporate capture of decision making, corruption, fraud, human rights violations in areas like agro-business, biotech & chemical companies, the financial sector & public investment banks, trade, energy & climate, scientific research and much more…

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