By Mackenzie McDonald Wilkins, 9/1/2015
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/.
Fragility in TPP Negotiations:
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.
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.