Oxford Regional Labour Council Opposing The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Resolution
Whereas, Canada will not benefit from the TPP, as 97 % of commercial goods that Canada trades in the TPP zone are already duty free; and
Whereas, Canadians are being asked to give up tens of thousands of jobs in the automotive and dairy industries; and
Whereas, Labour laws that guarantee fair wages and employment practises for Canadians would also be restricted as companies would be free to import foreign workers rather than hire people locally; and
Whereas, Our food safety and labelling laws could be deemed unfair trade barriers and challenged; and
Whereas, Canadians already face the second highest per capita drug costs in the world. These costs will only increase with the TPP as it would give pharmaceutical companies even more monopoly patent protection than they have now; and
Whereas, The TPP includes the same unaccountable, anti-democratic framework as NAFTA’s Chapter 11 where corporations are allowed to sue governments for loss of economic gain on their investments. The Investor-State Dispute Settlement permits companies the ability to challenge laws and regulations put in place democratically to protect Canadians.
Therefore, Be It Resolved that Oxford Regional Labour Council oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership by;
- Adopting the CLC-Opposing The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Discussion Paper; and
- Meeting with Oxford MP, David Mackenzie, to call for his support in rejecting the TPP; and
- Writing a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau calling for his support in rejecting the TPP; and
- Writing a letter to all federal party leaders calling for their support in rejecting the TPP; and
- Sending this resolution to all Oxford Regional Labour Council affiliates requesting they adopt this resolution.
Respectfully Submitted By Unifor Local 88