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Trade Minister puts global pharmacy giants ahead

Press Release – Council of Trade Unions Trade Minister puts global pharmacy giants ahead of his constituents Workers are set to lose out big time with rising healthcare costs if the government signs New Zealand up to a secretive investment deal no one seems to want, the CTU said today. …Trade Minister puts global pharmacy giants ahead of his constituents Workers are set to lose out big time with rising healthcare costs if the government signs New Zealand up to a secretive investment deal no one seems to want, the CTU said today. Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations are at a crunch point, with extended talks in Hawaii at the end of the month. Today, three senior medical specialists have detailed the significant risks to New Zealand’s health sector if the agreement is signed. “Trade Minister Tim Groser arrogantly dismisses the concerns of doctors and a range of other health professionals at his peril,” said Sam Huggard, CTU Secretary. “Who are the public to believe on this matter? “A Trade Minister who is signing up New Zealand to a secret document, the text of which won’t be disclosed until four years after signing, that puts overseas drug companies ahead New Zealand patients?” “Or experienced professionals on the front line of our health sector, who see on a daily basis the benefits of our New Zealand drug buying agency Pharmac,...

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Public submissions refused on Government Procurement deal

Press Release – Council of Trade Unions Parliament has refused to hear public submissions on an international agreement the Government has signed that locks in future rules for government purchasing, says CTU Secretary, Sam Huggard. This should have been the one and only opportunity …Public submissions refused on Government Procurement deal “Parliament has refused to hear public submissions on an international agreement the Government has signed that locks in future rules for government purchasing,” says CTU Secretary, Sam Huggard. “This should have been the one and only opportunity the public has to comment on the deal after the details of it were made public. Instead, the Government majority on Parliament’s Defence, Foreign Affairs and Trade Select Committee has vetoed hearing public submissions despite a request from the CTU.” “The Committee has produced a superficial one-page report based entirely on what officials told them. This is a travesty and shows how bad New Zealand’s treaty approval process is.” Huggard says that when the CTU asked, the Committee said the CTU could only make an oral submission at three days notice. But the CTU fundamentally believes that the agreement is important enough for public submissions to be called. In a letter to the CTU, the Deputy Chair says the Committee had refused the request. “This sets a terrible precedent for future international agreements which increasingly impede our sovereignty and our ability...

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PM’s Claim Of $3b Benefits From TPPA Without Evidence

Press Release – Council of Trade Unions CTU Media Release 5 December 2012 PM’s Claim Of $3b Benefits From TPPA Completely Without Evidence A claim by the Prime Minister yesterday that “a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement could boost New Zealand’s economy by more than $3 …CTU Media Release 5 December 2012 PM’s Claim Of $3b Benefits From TPPA Completely Without Evidence A claim by the Prime Minister yesterday that “a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement could boost New Zealand’s economy by more than $3 billion a year” is completely without any evidence says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “It should be an embarrassment to the Minister of Trade, Tim Groser, who is on record as saying he was a “deep sceptic” as to such attempts to quantify the benefits of agreements. He noted that his Australian counterpart, Dr Craig Emerson, who has a PhD in economics from the ANU, was equally sceptical.” “The only modelling of a possible Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement is one by the Hawaii based East-West Centre in October 2011. Its econometric model – of the type Mr Groser and Dr Emerson were deeply sceptical about – calculated that the trade benefits would be only US$300m (about NZ$375m) a year unless Japan and Korea joined. The largest calculated benefit would be if there was a full agreement covering the whole of the Pacific region including China...

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