Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

The TPP was a massive, controversial, pro-corporate “free trade” agreement among the United States and 11 other countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

In an amazing feat of international people power prevailing over multinational corporate power, citizens united around the world have beaten the TPP.

It was stopped by thousands of diverse organizations representing working people united across borders — fighting against corporate power and for the environment, health, human rights and democracy.

After its signing by the twelve countries in February 2016, the TPP languished for months without the necessary votes to pass it in the U.S. Congress.

A Vast Expansion of Corporate Power

Although it was called a “trade” agreement, the TPP was not mainly about trade. Of the TPP’s 30 chapters, only six dealt with traditional trade issues.

The TPP text was the result of 500 official U.S. trade advisors representing corporate interests involved in years of closed-door negotiations while the public, press and Congress were locked out.

At the heart of the TPP were new rights for thousands of corporations to sue the U.S. government before a panel of three corporate lawyers that could award unlimited sums, including for loss of future expected profits, to be paid by American taxpayers when the corporations claim U.S. policies violate the new entitlements the TPP would provide them.

Dangers of the TPP

We must remain vigilant to fight against any attempts to revive the TPP or other corporate-rigged deals like it. If it had passed, the TPP would have:

On March 8, 2018, the remaining 11 TPP countries — including Canada and Mexico — signed the deeply flawed TPP model for their countries in a cynically renamed “Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership.” While some of the most egregious provisions pushed by Big Pharma that would have further threatened access to life-saving medicines were fortunately set aside (for now) in the revised TPP-11 deal, most of the TPP’s dangerous rules remain intact. It is shocking, for instance, that Canada, Mexico and others agreed to maintain the infamous investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system (with only some minor tweaks).

And the corporate lobby is frantically trying to resurrect some of the worst provisions in the TPP and sneak them into NAFTA, which is currently under renegotiation. The corporate demands for NAFTA threaten consumer protections on medicines, digital rights, intellectual property and much more.

Take action to prevent a TPP 2.0: Demand a NAFTA renegotiation that puts people and the planet before corporate profits.

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