“Most of the long-term problems with NAFTA that have caused so much grief were not fixed,” says Larry Brown. “We’ll still lose factories to right-to-work states and we’ll still face wage stagnation caused by direct competition with lower wage countries, both the US and Mexico."
This is a bad deal for Canadians. Even the government, trying to prove this is a good deal, released a study that proves the opposite. The so-called benefits of the TPP are so minor that we need a magnifying glass to see them, while the loss of jobs and the stagnation of wages will be unfortunately far too easy to spot.
"We do not need our government to be bullied into a bad trade deal." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“The ongoing NAFTA negotiations present a unique opportunity for Canada to pursue a new model for more equitable, socially just and sustainable trade." — Larry Brown, President, National Union of Public and General Employees
“A bad agreement with good labour rights is still a bad agreement.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"We are very concerned about the heavy influence of corporate and pro-business interests, the under-representation of independent voices, and the complete absence of representation from both labour groups and environmental organizations." —Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“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
The release of the promised study on the economic impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) does not address most concerns about the proposed international trade agreement.
Blair Redlin, co-chair of the Trade Justice Network (TJN) told members of the House of Commons Committee on International Trade there is no rush to ratify the TPP, and every reason for a proper economic, social and environmental evaluation of the deal.
"Just as earlier governments used industrial strategies to build our country, our current federal and provincial governments need modern industrial strategies to respond to the problem of climate change." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President