Unions want a better approach to trade and investment
The Council of Trade Unions says that it wants to see a new approach to trade and investment developed that works better
for working people, and it remains concerned with aspects of the TPPA that the Government inherited from the previous
CTU Secretary Sam Huggard says "Last week I met with Members of the European Parliament on the proposed EU - NZ free
trade agreement. We are encouraged that this agreement will likely have greater transparency, an improved approach to
labour and environmental standards and no Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) scheme."
"We still have concerns with trade and investment agreements generally. A key outstanding issue for us is the need to
protect the Government’s ability to both regulate in the national interest, without question, and to apply preference
for local firms to ‘Buy Kiwi Made’ and set higher standards and conditions in procurement such as ensuring tender
winners pay a living wage."
"The CTU has never supported the TPPA. It is an agreement that is structurally biased towards commercial interests. The
needs of commerce come first, and other vital matters that concern our community come second: among them the needs for
health, safety, human rights including democratic and labour rights, the environment, cultural values and economic
"We want to work with government on a new deal for trade that works better for communities and working people not just
global capital. The proposed EU - NZ agreement is a good place to start. We also applaud the incoming Government’s
directive to negotiators that ISDS shall not feature in future agreements and we acknowledge attempts underway this week
to avoid ISDS in the TPPA."