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AMWU Statement on Labor's position on the TPP

“It beggars belief that the Labor caucus would sign off on ratifying the TTP given it’s against the party’s own policy,” said AMWU National Secretary Paul Bastian.

 

“The TPP-11 is a disaster for Australian workers.

“The labour mobility provisions would give open access to 6 signatory countries without labour market testing. This has the potential to see huge pressures on our labour market, further downward pressure on wages and conditions, and foreign workers exploited.

“In addition, the ISDS provisions are of great concern. The ability of a multinational corporation to sue a Government is a grave risk to sovereignty.

“It is clear that Labor knows these are issues – they admit as such, and note that any future trade deals would require labour market testing and a rejection of investor state dispute settlement provisions. 

“If these issues are crucial for any future trade deals – why not for the TPP?

“The TPP must be amended before it is ratified by Parliament.”

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