Transpacific Partnership Agreement
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.pdf||135.51 KB|
|TPPA Transparency Letter.pdf||18.25 KB|
|TPPA Investment Letter.pdf||28.98 KB|
|Why Are We Worried About the TPPA.pdf||862.17 KB|
|Labour Rights, Investment and the TPPA.ppt||309 KB|
|Income Inequality and the TPPA.ppt||291.5 KB|