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10 ongoing negotiations in 2017

29 May 2017: The recent announcements that the Australian Government will begin bilateral trade talks with both Peru and Hong Kong have brought the total number of ongoing negotiations Australia is engaged with to 10, plus two reviews of existing free trade agreements. Download our summary of the current status of ongoing negotiations here.

TPP countries will “assess options” for deal’s future without US

May 23, 2017: Eleven TPP countries met in Vietnam last weekend without the US to discuss the future of the failed deal, which Japan, Australia and New Zealand are pushing to resuscitate.

While there’s been a lot of hype in the headlines about a TPP revival, the actual statement agreed by TPP countries only commits them to completing a process to "assess options" for the future of the agreement before Ministers meet again on November 10-11 in Da Nang, Vietnam.

TISA means trouble

 16 May 2017: A new report and campaign has been launched by the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) to reveal the threat to jobs and workers’ rights posed by the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).
 
According to the ITF, the new campaign - 'TISA means trouble' - enlists the power of trade unions to fight back against the deal, which has been negotiated in virtual secrecy by the European Union and 22 other countries. Find out more via their website: www.tisameanstrouble.org

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