Kapiti meeting urged to act against Govt’s trade dealBy Alan Tristram April 18, 2011
Local citizens have been urged to join a national campaign against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) because the deal will give transnational firms control of key sectors of the NZ economy.
At a meeting in Paekakariki, Murray Horton, organiser for the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA), warned that the Government’s secret negotiations could spell the end for ACC, Pharmac and other State-controlled groups.
Mr Horton said the deal, which MP’s would not get a chance to vote on, would give special rights to foreign investors.
He said: “This will put a straight-jacket around what policies and laws the Government can adopt — think of the price of medicines, NZ content on tv, GM labelling, regulating dodgy finance firms….”
He said land sales to foreigners are only part of a much bigger picture because transnationals could take over all sectors of the economy.
And he presented an action plan for Kapiti people at the meeting.
Firstly, he said, they should get a supply of anti-TPPA post cards from CAFCA
and send them to the Prime Minister and MP’s.
The postcards — headed ‘Give the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement the red card‘ — urge the Government to withdraw from TPPA talks — and to put NZ’s interests ahead of transnationals and the US government.
The cars also warn that the signatory will only vote for a party which puts ‘our national interest first.’
Among other tactics Mr Horton recommends are:
- Using tactics which proved successful in past actions
- Running education campaigns
- Putting all politicians ‘on the spot’ to declare their positions on the deal
- Making common cause with medical sector unions and other groups opposed to foreign control
- Joining the campaign against privatisation of the ACC