Building and Wood Workers’ International condemns latest TPP

January 31, 2018: Unions across the Asia-Pacific have condemned the latest version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the poorly named ‘Comprehensive Progressive Agreement on TPP’.

The Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) Asia-Pacific affiliates have issued a statement arguing that the latest version of the TPP ‘does little to address the concerns of critics’ and is ‘designed as a placeholder, to entice a more liberal US administration back in to the fold in coming years’. Several provisions from the original TPP text have been suspended (rather than deleted) in the CPTPP, pending the return of the US to the agreement at a future date.

BWI Regional Representative Apolinar Tolentino says, ‘The remaining labour chapter is practically unworkable and will do nothing to strengthen workers’ rights in the region, while its other chapters will go a long way to weaken workers’ bargaining power.’

Previous side agreements, which would have brought Malaysia and Vietnam into line with ILO Core Conventions on labour, no longer apply.