Greens Stay Staunch Over Singapore Free Trade Agreement
The Greens will strongly oppose the Singapore free trade agreement in Parliament today, with a speech from MP Keith
Locke detailing consequences of such a deal.
"Rather than closing the gaps, this agreement will enrich the multinationals, and impoverish workers, both in this
country and in Asia," he said today.
Hardest hit in New Zealand will be Kiwi clothing and footwear workers, he said. Earlier this year the Government froze
tariffs on these items, pending a tariff review, but tariffs will reduce to zero in the case of Singapore.
"At zero tariff it's near to impossible for a New Zealand clothing factory to compete with a Singapore-owned factory
paying 50c an hour," he said.
The agreement is also a Trojan horse for a wider free trade agreement with other Asian countries, which will put New
Zealand's economy and society in even more danger, he said.