Public services unions across the Americas are determined to oppose the new wave of trade agreements driven by corporate interests and negotiated in secret. On 23 April, in Mexico City, the first regional demonstration to oppose TPP, TTIP, CETA and TISA.
The ten topics discussed on 20-21 April were: Central Administration, Customs, Education, Water, State Control, Energy, Justice, Legislation, Health and Municipalities. Municipal workers brought contributions from three sector-level conferences to the regional meeting.
In yet another large-scale tragedy in the Mediterranean, on 19 April a boat carrying migrants trying to reach Europe capsized on the coast of Libya and south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. The United Nations has confirmed the death toll to be at least 800.