Trans-Pacific Partnership

ALP policy should ensure trade deals do not undermine regulation in the public interest

Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network, (AFTINET) Research Associate at the University of Sydney

As an advocate for fair trade based on human rights, labour rights and environmental sustainability, I read Senator Penny Wong’s policy speech on Australia in the global economy with great interest.

The Injustice Industry: Egypt challenged over rise to minimum wage

Le Monde Diplomatique reports that the Veolia group, a French multinational, is suing the Egyptian government because of a rise in the monthly minimum wage. The company is using the ISDS provisions in an investment treaty between France and Egypt.

The case is still in progress, but is yet another example of the dangers of including investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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25/06/2014

Trade Talk in Adelaide, 11th June

You are invited to attend a conversation with AFTINET tomorrow night in Adelaide. We will discuss our campaign around the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and for fair trade more generally.

Time: 11th June, 7pm - 8.30pm

Venue: Community & Public Sector Union, 101 Henley Beach Rd, Mile End (There is an exit drive way to the car park from Henley Beach Rd which can be used as an entrance)

This will be a great opportunity to learn about AFTINET's work for trade justice based on human rights, labour rights and environmental sustainability.

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