Transpacific Partnership Agreement

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The Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is planned to be an extension of an existing agreement between New Zealand, Singapore, Chile and Brunei. So far the US, Australia, Peru, Vietnam and Malaysia have joined the negotiations. Japan, Canada, Mexico and others have shown interest. It could eventually cover most of the Asia Pacific region. The US wants it to be completed by the end of 2012, although the complexity of the agreement means this is unlikely.

The TPPA is much more than a trade agreement. Trade is only a small part of it. The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions is concerned that it will stop future New Zealand governments from doing things that are in the interests of working people and most New Zealanders. Similar agreements the US has signed impose policies that New Zealand voters have repeatedly voted down and would oppose if they had the choice. The CTU opposes the TPPA unless it is shown to be in the national interest.

The documents on this page explain more about the TPPA and the response of the CTU and unions internationally. 

CTU Leaflet on the TPPA.pdf122.09 KB
TPPA Transparency Letter.pdf18.25 KB
TPPA Investment Letter.pdf28.98 KB
Why Are We Worried About the TPPA.pdf862.17 KB
Labour Rights, Investment and the TPPA.ppt309 KB
Income Inequality and the TPPA.ppt291.5 KB

TPPA - The Most Recent Releases

01 Feb 2016

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January 2016

TPPA: the economic case

22 Nov 2013

The Government is about to sign a Government Procurement Agreement in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that could stop future central and local governments giving an advantage to local suppliers to help economic development.

05 Dec 2012

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.

01 Dec 2012

November 2012


The fifteenth round of negotiations of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will take place in Auckland from 3-12 December.

14 Jun 2012

CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg calls on the government to clarify its position on giving foreign investors the right to sue the government. Statements by the Minister of Trade Negotiations that the government will not compromise New Zealand’s right to regulate are disingenuous.

22 Mar 2012

The following is a report on the 1-9 March 2012 round of TPPA negotiations in Melbourne, attended by Bill Rosenberg from 2-6 March, along with union representatives from Australia, the International Trade Union Confederation (Brussels) and many other non-governmental groups and individuals.

14 Nov 2011

The leaders' "framework" of where they consider the Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) should head unfortunately shows they have been listening only to the concerns of business, and shown little concern to the voices of unions and other organisations says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg.

14 Sep 2011

The Transpacific Partnership talks in Chicago are showing signs of the mounting conflicts both inside and outside the secret negotiations. Dr. Bill Rosenberg, CTU Economist, is in Chicago during this round of the TPPA negotiations.