More secret trade talks focus on what’s good for business – CTU

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MIL OSI – Source: Council Of Trade Unions – More secret trade talks focus on what’s good for business

Workers are concerned about what is being negotiated in the Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) as revealed in the largest ever leak from such negotiations by Wikileaks.

Even less is known about the TISA negotiations than the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations. “New Zealand workers are increasingly concerned about what these secret deals mean for them,” CTU Secretary, Sam Huggard said. The New Zealand government is one of a small minority of WTO members pushing the negotiations.

“The powers that these negotiations are giving to private corporations severely undermines the ability of governments to protect workers, the environment, and the stability of our financial system. The interests of corporations appear paramount.”

“More and more Kiwis are concerned about what these backroom secret negotiations are about. Workers in this country deserve to know what is being agreed to as these negotiations will directly impact on peoples lives.”

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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