Community groups say no to TPP-11 at Farrer Place, Sydney, 12.30 pm
Media release, Friday June 15, 2018:
Unions, aid and development groups, health, environment and other activists are protesting at Farrer Place today outside the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties public hearing on the controversial TPP-11 trade deal being held at 1 Bligh St Sydney.
This inquiry and a Senate Inquiry will report on the deal before Parliament considers the implementing legislation in September. The government lacks a majority in the Senate and these groups are calling on the ALP, Greens, Centre Alliance and other cross-benchers to block the implementing legislation.
AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said: “The TPP-11 without the US is still a bad deal because it would increase corporate rights at the expense of peoples’ rights. It still includes special rights for global companies to bypass national courts and sue governments in unfair international tribunals over health, environmental and industrial laws.”
Andrew Dettmer, National President of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union said: “The TPP-11 is bad for workers because it has very weak commitments to labour rights that are not enforceable and does not even ban the products of child and slave labour. It would allow more temporary migrant workers who are vulnerable to exploitation, without first testing whether local workers are available.”
Lucy Manne, Head of Campaigns, Action Aid Australia said: “In low income countries, the TPP-11 would put pressure on sectors like the garment industry that are dominated by women, meaning that women could face lower wages and an erosion of their rights at work. The deal could also drive the privatisation of services, like healthcare and education, that are essential for achieving gender equality.”
Michael Whaites, Lead Organiser, NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association said: “The TPP-11 is bad for health services because it entrenches medicine monopolies and delays the availability of cheaper medicines. It also restricts future governments from introducing new regulation to address changing health needs and from reversing failed privatisations, like hospital privatisations.”
Jonathan Moylan, Greenpeace Australia Pacific said: “The biggest winners under this flawed agreement are mining executives who will have the right to sue governments for passing laws to protect places like the Great Barrier Reef. Malcolm Turnbull is dreaming if he thinks Australians will support a deal that puts more importance on the profits of multinational corporations than the health of the Australian people and the environment."