TPP, TTIP, TiSA Updates – Pushing TPP Over the Edge

TPP, TTIP, TiSA Updates - Pushing TPP Over the Edge

By Mackenzie McDonald Wilkins, 9/1/2015

One month ago hundreds of people protested the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) Ministerial meeting in Hawaii. It looked like negotiators were ready to wrap up the deal and send it off to the 12 countries for approval. But, after days of secret meetings, the 650 negotiators hit some major roadblocks that they still don’t know how to address. With negotiations in limbo, people in the TPP countries are gearing up for action to push the deal over the edge!

Upcoming Actions:

From October 10-17 there is an international week of action with actions across Europe and the United States. Start planning your actions now and add them to the action maps at trade4people.org and www.flushthetpp.org/actions/.

From November 14-18, people from across the US will converge on Washington DC for big actions against the TPP, TTIP, and TISA. If you are interested in coming or getting more info, sign up here and join the national organizing calls!

Fragility in TPP Negotiations:

In addition to concerns around dairy, automobiles, and intellectual property, there are other factors that are slowing down the TPP, if not threatening it completely.

In Japan, Prime Minister Abe’s approval ratings are falling sharply. People are unhappy about the reopening of nuclear power plants, the TPP, and increasing militarism in the country including a new corporate army. Abe is a US puppet who will do whatever the US asks, including, pushing for the TPP. If Abe and his regime lose power, the future of the TPP is uncertain.

In Canada, Prime Minister Harper faces similar problems. Elections are coming up and his party is losing in the polls to the New Democratic Party (NDP). The NDP is widely credited for creating Canada’s popular single-payer health care system that would likely be destroyed by the TPP and TiSA. If NDP wins in October, they would likely drop Canada out of the TPP to protect their healthcare system. If Canada were to drop from the TPP, this could cause the whole deal to collapse.

In New Zealand, protesters escalated their actions at a key meeting. If we keep escalating and building our movement, we can tip TPP, TTIP, TiSA over the edge.

ISDS Corporate Attacks:

One of the worst parts of the TPP, TTIP, and TiSA are Investor-State tribunals that allow corporations to sue governments for any law that gets in the way of their expected future profits. Similar tribunals under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have already been used to overturn worker protections, eliminate bans on fracking or mining, prohibit cigarette or GMO food labeling, increase the costs of healthcare, prevent a rise in the minimum wage, deregulate big banks and more. Learn more here.

Just last week the WTO struck down India’s solar energy plans, ruling that they discriminate against US manufacturers. If we extend this power directly to corporations under ISDS in the TPP, TTIP, and TiSA, it will make action on climate almost impossible.

Here’s what you can do!

Join the next TPP Resistance call on Wednesday, September 2nd. You will have the opportunity to connect with working groups to address key areas of TPP resistance work. Click here for more information.

Join the TPP Twitter Storm every Tuesday at 6 pm Pacific/ 9 pm ET. You can use one of these sample tweets, or create one of your own.

Join the media mobilization team to spread the word about all of this! Learn more here.

To otherwise get more involved, email [email protected].

To donate click here.