NC National Organization for Women (NOW) is participating in the Solidarity Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Press Conference on Thursday, April 16th at 10:00 a.m. in Nash Square, Raleigh, 27601. Please join us and look for us in the news!
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an international trade agreement that has been in the works for years. TPP would grant even greater privileges to transnational corporations than NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), which went into effect on 1/1/94.
As NC NOW wrote in “TPP and how trade agreements can hurt women especially,” at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/tpp-and-how-trade-agreements-can-hurt-women-especially/,
“Problems caused by the first and much smaller NAFTA have not been addressed yet, and are very telling as to what TPP could cause for workers, communities and women in developing countries and other countries involved in TPP.”
NC NOW President Gailya Paliga says, “Like NAFTA and other trade agreements, the TPP threatens to surrender more power to big corporations at the expense of workers, communities, women and the environment.”
Many people believe that this latest trade deal won’t create any jobs. In fact, we believe it will bring workers in America down rather than improving the lives of workers in other countries. Expect more people to have to take a pay cut to compete with workers in Vietnam and Malaysia.
You’d think this would be enough for our government to kill the deal, but instead they want to ‘fast-track’ it. That means Congress would have to vote yes or no without offering any changes, and before they even know what’s in the bill.
As the picture says, “TPP, Why So Secret??” What are the corporations and leaders including that people and Congress may object to?
Please join us on Thursday, 4/16/15, and/or watch our press conference when it becomes available.
More articles are coming out on this all of the time, especially since parts of the secret trade agreement are being leaked. A few examples are
- “TPP Bad for Working People,” 4/10/15, at http://economyincrisis.org/content/tpp-bad-for-working-people
- “TPP is a Mistake,” 4/9/15, at http://www.forbes.com/sites/jplehmann/2015/04/09/tpp-is-a-mistake/ I appreciate the map of which countries are involved that is included in this article.
- And “Fast-Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Bad for General Welfare and Common Good,” 3/4/15, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-seufert/fast-tracking-the-tpp_b_6800602.html
- And the AFL-CIO’s “Ten Critical Problems with the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” 2/2/15.