Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are driving privatisation on a global scale. They pose a very real threat to public sector services and may even prevent attempts to re-nationalise when privatisation fails.
“Regarding the labour provisions, it’s a step in the right direction to see that the U.S. government is promoting core ILO standards such as the right to collective bargaining. And the proposal that labour and environmental standards should be enforceable is also a positive development. But the other language makes the burden of proof too high, and the scope too limited. No labour violation complaint would ever be successful if violations of labour rights must be proven in a ‘sustained or recurring’ manner, and the environmental provisions offer no objective standards to enforce. And all these obligations should not merely apply in a manner affecting trade or investment.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
New report prepared by legal experts and published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives find that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) seriously undermines the future of Canada's public post office.
Study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives finds that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will have significant adverse impact on Canada's automotive industry.
At NUPGE's 2016 Convention author Paul Mason told delegates that “Neoliberalism’s 35-year cycle is coming to an end, but we might also be at the end of a much longer cycle,” he said. “This new cycle might be as revolutionary as the rise of the printing press.”
“We’re disappointed with the government’s decision to sign on and have outlined the many problems that we see with this very broad-reaching agreement," — CLC President Hassan Yussuff
NUPGE's Larry Brown spoke to a rally of 250,000 Europeans who were protesting the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the U.S. and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
"Most Canadians have no idea that this deal is being negotiated in secret under the guidance of multinational corporations with no input from labour leaders, environmental experts or even MPs." —Martin O'Hanlon, TJN spokesperson
European citizens support Stop TTIP call for the European Parliament to reject Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions when voting on upcoming resolution.
News that Ottawa's Algonquin College is offering diplomas in a Saudi Arabian college raises concerns for the President of OPSEU.