Over 40 organisations, including church, public health, pensioner, union, environment and aid and development organisations, have endorsed a letter to the new Trade Minister Andrew Robb expressing strong opposition to proposals in the TPPA on investor rights to sue governments, access to medicines, copyright, Australian media content and food labelling and urging him to reject these proposals.
With the change in government in Australia there has been a change in trade policy. The new government will be open to allowing foreign companies to sue governments for damages if their policies or laws are seen to harm their investment
These clauses, called 'investor state dispute settlement,' or ISDS, would reduce the ability of governments to regulate the activities of foreign companies even when they have a negative impact on health and the environment.
To express your concern, send a letter to the Trade Minister, asking him to reject ISDS and any proposal which would affect public health, access to information, our cultural industries and food labelling regulations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The global union movement has produced a short video of workers in all of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) countries discussing the impact of the free trade agreement.
Workers from around the world speak out about downward pressure on wages and labour rights, more polluted air and water, reduced access to life saving medicines, and more powerful corporations influencing our laws and trying to override our voices.
They have also created a petition targeting all the countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Sign the petition here.
U.S. public health and medical groups applauded Malaysia's historic proposal to "carve out" tobacco from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPPA), a trade pact now being negotiated by the U.S. and 11 other nations.
Civil Society stakeholders who attended the Brunei round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are very disappointed that no formal report from the Chief Negotiators was presented, nor the opportunity for stakeholders to ask questions in a forum where all could hear the answers.
Read their media release here.
AFTINET's convener Dr Patricia Ranald spoke to ABC radio this morning from Brunei, where she is observing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) currently under negotiation.
Dr Ranald reports on the progress of the negotiation and talks about Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and how it could affect our health and environmental regulation, using the examples of tobacco and coal seam gas mining.