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Rail and maritime workers’ condemn TPPA signing

Press Release – FIRST Union The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) puts the rights and wellbeing of working people at risk, says Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) General Secretary Wayne Butson.Rail and maritime workers’ condemn TPPA signing The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) puts the rights and wellbeing of working people at risk, says Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) General Secretary Wayne Butson. “The TPPA will make it harder to protect local jobs and lift wages.” “Under the TPPA it’s going to become harder and harder for government to govern in the national interest. Clauses the ‘performance requirements’ in the TPPA could prevent the government from favouring local workers over foreign contractors,” says Butson. “This will put working people at places like KiwiRail – a company that already makes significant use of overseas contractors – at a disadvantage.” “Companies that believe our government is favouring local workers over the interests of foreign companies can also take the government a secretive overseas tribunal with the power to impose massive sanctions.” ‘We condemn this government for signing away New Zealand’s future,” says Butson. ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Treaty of Waitangi bottom line not satisfied in TPPA – union

Press Release – FIRST Union Treaty of Waitangi bottom line not satisfied in TPPA union The President of a leading trade union opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is warning New Zealanders that we cannot be sure whether the deal enforces protection …Treaty of Waitangi bottom line not satisfied in TPPA – union The President of a leading trade union opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is warning New Zealanders that we cannot be sure whether the deal enforces protection for the Treaty of Waitangi until we’ve seen the full text. “The government has signalled that the agreement will contain a Treaty clause, but we won’t know how the clause will work until the full text is released and a close legal analysis is undertaken,” says FIRST Union President Syd Keepa. “How can we trust the government’s word after it failed to properly consult with te iwi Maori? At no point did the government seek independent legal advice on the Treaty implications of the deal.” “Upholding the Treaty of Waitangi is one of Labour’s bottom lines for the TPPA. I’m calling on Labour’s Maori caucus to conduct a comprehensive analysis of whether this bottom line is satisfied once the text is finally released.” “This was not done by FOMA who supported the TPPA even before it had seen the text,” says Keepa. “As well as looking at...

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TPPA a “betrayal” – union

Press Release – FIRST Union The government has betrayed the interests of working New Zealanders by signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid. The TPPA is a threat to our sovereignty. Under the deal our ability …6 October 2015 TPPA a “betrayal” – union The government has betrayed the interests of working New Zealanders by signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid. “The TPPA is a threat to our sovereignty.” “Under the deal our ability to legislate in the public interest is compromised. Companies who believe their profits or market privileges are threatened can sue our government in secretive overseas tribunals,” says Reid. “Even on the government’s primary metric for success – dairy access – they’ve fallen remarkably short. Protected dairy markets remain mostly intact.” “The deal also locks in protections for big pharmaceutical companies with biologics patents, this means less competition and higher prices for Pharmac and ultimately New Zealanders,” says Reid. “Working New Zealanders can have no confidence in this government.” ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Citizens search and seizure measure necessary for democracy

Press Release – First Union The non-violent citizens search and seizure to retrieve the TPPA text being undertaken today is a necessary measure to defend our democracy, says Its Our Future NZ national spokesperson Edward Miller.Citizens search and seizure a necessary measure for democracy The non-violent citizens’ search and seizure to retrieve the TPPA text being undertaken today is a necessary measure to defend our democracy, says It’s Our Future NZ national spokesperson Edward Miller. “For years now It’s Our Future, along with an enormous coalition of concerned groups and citizens, have worked to expose the toxic wrought our government is sleepwalking into with the TPPA negotiations,” said Edward Miller, who has just been down at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade office in Wellington following the group’s progress. “It’s becoming clearer and clear that ordinary kiwis don’t want this deal. A month ago over 25,000 people marched in over 20 towns and cities across NZ demanding their government walk away from these negotiations,” said Miller. “Leaked texts indicate that this deal is designed to transfer decision-making power over our country to foreign investors and multinational corporations. What’s worse, it’s being done behind closed doors.” “The search and seizure of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade office in Wellington, taken by ordinary kiwis to get access to the text, is an attempt to counterbalance this obsessive secrecy...

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Kiwis to tell Government to walk away from TPPA

Press Release – First Union Kiwis to tell Government to walk away from TPPA This week Kiwis across the country will send a message to their government that it is time to walk away from TPPA negotiations, according to Its Our Future spokesperson Edward Miller. In the lead-up to the …Kiwis to tell Government to walk away from TPPA This week Kiwis across the country will send a message to their government that it is time to walk away from TPPA negotiations, according to It’s Our Future spokesperson Edward Miller. “In the lead-up to the Maui negotiation there was a massive upswing in opposition to the TPPA. More kiwis than ever are raising alarm bells on this secret deal. The failure of the Maui meeting means people have a real opportunity to show the government they have no mandate to conclude the TPPA”, said Edward Miller. “The government says if a deal is not done by the end of the month the timing will be too tight to finish the TPPA before it falls victim to the US election cycle”, said Miller. “We say these negotiations have already gone on for five years too many. It’s time to walk away!” “Over the next week actions will take place throughout the country, culminating in a massive day of protest on Saturday 15 August”. Events have already begun, including a protest...

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