AFTINET contributed to the Brisbane Community Action Network G20 People's Summit on November 13 and People's March on November 15. Dr Patricia Ranald provided a comprehensive presentation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership at a forum on the 13th, and the Stop TPP banner was in the 4,000-strong People's March in the heat of Saturday the 15th.
The International Trade Union Confederation ( ITUC) represents 176 million workers in 161 countries and territories and has 324 national affiliates. Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said on November 11, 2014 “This secretive trade deal is good for some multinational corporations, but deeply damaging to ordinary people and the very role of governments.
Photos of TPP protests in Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne
On November 6, 2014 a broad coalition of labor, environmental and consumer groups delivered over half a million petition signatures and letters to key Congressional leaders opposing Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP. Fast track would allow the TPP to be rushed through Congress without amendment.
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Great images from protest outside TPP Trade Ministers' Meeting, with 100 taking part and lots of media!
Speakers were Dr Patricia Ranald (AFTINET), Vivien Nguyen (SumofUs), Prof Kimberlee Weatherall (University of Sydney), Jon Edwards (MSF - Doctors Without Borders), Kondo Yasuo (Japan People's Alliance Against the TPP), Senator Peter Whish-Wilson (Australian Greens). Street theatre performers were Lindy Nolan from NSW Teachers Fed and Michael Whaites from the NSW Nurses & Midwives Assoc.