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Unions, community groups slam Trans-Pacific trade deal

Trans-Pacific (TPP) trade talks are on in New York and the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network – a diverse mix of 47 Australian community groups including public health, environment, union, and development aid groups- penned an open letter to Trade Minister Robb. This letter cites mounting evidence that the TPP is not in the national interest, and demanding that the text be released for public scrutiny before it is signed.

You can find this research paper here.

 

ACTU President Ged Kearney said the TPP would give foreign investors unfair rights to sue governments over changes to domestic laws, including labour laws. “There is no agreement that the TPP will include legally enforceable workers’ rights to organise and improve working conditions,” Ms Kearney said. “Without these rights, the TPP will contribute to a race to the bottom on living standards.”

Read the full letter here.

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