MEDIA RELEASE: Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Australia has today signed away sovereignty and surrendered our citizens’ democratic rights to multi-national corporate interest because we have ratified the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
This multi-lateral trade deal will give a pseudo courts system sway over the laws enacted by our parliaments if foreign companies feel the laws could affect potential profit earnings.
The TPP will also open up Australian jobs to be flooded with foreign workers without first checking if locals are ready and able to do the work first.
And Australia will do this all for a very slight benefit to our economy: only US $12 billion a year by 2030, according to a report from the business lobby.
Electrical Trades Union National Secretary Allen Hicks said ratifying the TPP is a tragedy for Australian democracy and the nation’s workers.
“By ratifying the TPP, the Morrison Government has given more power to foreign companies to sue the Australian taxpayers over laws they, the voters, want passed,” he said.
“The TPP will remove labour-market testing, giving companies greater sway in using foreign workers fill jobs without first having to see if there are Australian workers ready to do the work.
“This will also weaken Australia’s high industry protections and standards, putting the safety of workers and the public at risk.”
Mr Hicks said the ETU and its members will continue to fight the TPP because it was not in the interests of the union, workers or the Australian people and written solely for the benefit of the people who wrote it – corporations and their shareholders.
“The TPP was written in secret, by bureaucrats under the influence of corporate interests, and it will have very little benefit for the Australian people who have had no say in it whatsoever,” he said.
“The ETU will continue its fight against the this anti-worker, anti-democratic corporate trade pact because we believe Australians’ democratic rights should never been surrendered to foreign corporations. But that’s exactly what the TPP does.”
Media enquiries: ETU National Communications Coordinator – Nicholas McCallum
0419 499 886, [email protected]