Trade in Services - TISA

Trade in Services Agreement

The TiSA negotiations between the US, EU, Australia and about 20 other mostly industrialised countries are a current priority for the Australian Government. The negotiations are being driven by global services corporations which want to deregulate trade in services further than what can be achieved through the World Trade Organisation. The aim to finish by the end of 2016 has been abandoned because of European popular opposition and EU differences with the US. See background here and leaked documents here.


Major issues: secrecy, restrictions on government regulation of services, data regulation, expansion of foreign investment in competitive tendering, pressure for privatisation of services.


 

Stop TiSA flags on Geneva bridge

22 April 2017: The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is controversial because global services corporations and some governments are using the deal to push a deregulation and privatisation agenda. 

Civil society organisations in Geneva, where TiSA negotiations are held, have thrown the deal into the spotlight by gaining approval to have Stop TiSA flags displayed on a prominent bridge, which most commuters must pass over to get from one side of Geneva to another.

Trade in Services leaks show attacks on public interest regulation

Media Release January 31, 2017: "The latest leaked  Trade in Services documents confirm that the negotiations are driven by the interests of global services companies that want to maximise profitable trade in services and minimise government regulation in the public interest. Many of these are similar to proposals in the now-dead Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP),” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network of community groups (AFTINET) said today. Read the full release here.

Take Action on TiSA

TiSA negotiations have been shrouded in secrecy but leaked documents show that global services corporations and some governments are using the deal to push a deregulation and privatisation agenda.

Tell the Australian Government not to trade away the regulation of essential services. Send a message to Trade Minister Steve Ciobo here.

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