Imperialists employ myriad strategies to “open the veins” of prey countries. Economic warfare is one such strategy. Prolonged and sustained economic warfare against long-suffering Honduras advances the tentacles of the Big Monopolies as it impoverishes and destroys Honduras. Transnational companies, meanwhile are afforded additional “supranational” protections through “free trade” agreements.
As the following article first published in 2013 demonstrates, “internal imperialism” is also part of the predatory equation. Transnational companies “bleed” domestic economies. In the case of Gildan, beneath the cover of fake messaging about “competitiveness and efficiencies” Canadian workers were disemployed and the Canadian economy suffered.
Neoliberal economic models impose asymmetrical economies on both foreign and domestic economies. Transnational oligarch classes are impoverishing us all.
Mark Taliano, Global Research, July 8, 2019
In March of 2007, Gildan Activewear Inc., a Montreal-based textile manufacturer, decided to leave Canada for sunnier climes.
The company laid off hundreds of Canadian workers, and resettled where business was good: Honduras. “Free Trade” legislation facilitated the exodus from Canada and powerful psychological operations (psy ops) strategies reassured people at home and abroad. Corporations and their government subsidiaries repeated messaging about “competitiveness and efficiencies” in Canada while Hondurans were promised economic revitalisation and jobs. The end result? Canada lost jobs and Honduras’ asymmetrical, toxic economy was further entrenched.
Honduran sweatshop workers are basically slaves and their status will likely remain unchanged, or get worse. Since the 2009 military coup — which removed the democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya — the illegal regime dismantled or corrupted institutions that might be of benefit to humans (including constitutional judges) and created a heavily militarized and murderous environment. “Since 2010,” reports Raul Burbano, delegation leader of election observers from Common Frontiers, “there have been more than 200 politically motivated killings.”
In the meantime, Canada’s Gildan corporation profits from the misery. Gildan pays NO taxes in Honduras, and the workforce (primarily women) is easily exploited. Unions are not allowed, collective bargaining is not allowed, and human rights are not a concern.
The Collective Of Honduran Women (CODEMUH by its Spanish acronym), a brave voice for freedom in Honduras, comprehensively documents the exploitation of workers and the impacts of the Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement.