Trans-Pacific Partnership

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.

Little to gain and much to lose for Australia in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Trade Ministers from 12 countries around the Pacific Rim met once again in Singapore on May 19-20. Their aim was a breakthrough in negotiations towards the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement involving Australia, Japan, the US and nine other countries around the Pacific Rim. They failed, yet again, to reach an agreement.

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) not in Australia’s interest, say community organisations

As TPP Trade Ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries meet in Singapore, fair trade, public health, environment, church, unions and other community groups have endorsed a letter to Trade Minister Andrew Robb. The letter calls on the Minister to reject harmful proposals in the TPP, which should not be agreed in secret negotiations.

March with us on May 18

Building on the momentum from March in March , marches will be held in Sydney, Perth and Adelaide this weekend. This is another good opportunity for us to bring along TPP banners and signs and to show a broad movement of people calling for a Fair Deal or No Deal in the TPP.

TPP groups have been confirmed in Sydney and Adelaide

Join our Social Media Thunderclap

AFTINET is running our first social media ‘Thunderclap’!

A Thunderclap is when social media users sign up in advance to post a specific message using either their Twitter or their Facebook accounts on behalf of an organisation (in this case, AFTINET). Then, at the same time, on the same day, the message is automatically posted to everyone’s account and creates a storm of social media activity around a specific issue.

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