August 29, 2016
PACER-Plus negotiators claimed progress in talks last week, despite the withdrawal of PNG, and claims that Australia and New Zealand have "strong armed" others to agree on the text, according to a Fiji Sun article. Market access negotiations will continue in October.
24 August 2016
Australian Unions are calling on Australia and New Zealand to "back off, release the text and conduct a proper assessment so we can see if this will actually help working people across the Pacific – or if it's just another corporate con." See more here.
23 August 2016
We join the South Pacific Council of Trade Unions (SPOCTU) and APHEDA in our concerns about the lack of worker representation at the inaugural Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting, being held alongside the PACER-plus Ministerial meeting in Christchurch this week. Read their media release here.
15 August 2016
In light of fading TPP prospects, Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo is now setting his sights on other trade deals.
He has changed his rhetoric on the TPP, telling the AFR, "We don't put all our eggs in one basket. The TPP isn't the be-all and end-all of free trade.”
Indonesia and TiSA now top priorities