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NFU: TPP – Open Letter to Trade Ministers Meeting in Chile, 14-15 March 2017

by pmnationtalk on March 16, 201744 Views

(March 15, 2017) – The National Farmers Union has joined over 200 organizations from Pacific Rim countries who are calling upon Trade Ministers meeting in Chile this week to abandon the TPP model and instead join with citizens in a more open and democratic process to develop alternative approaches to international trading relationships that genuinely serve the interests of our peoples, our nations and the planet. Read the open letter and list of signatories below.

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Open Letter to Trade Ministers Meeting in Chile, 14-15 March 2017

It is clear that the withdrawal of the United States means that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement as previously negotiated is dead. As representatives of many millions of people in a wide range of unions, civil society groups and social movements, we believe that the TPP text, negotiated in secret, served the interests of large corporations at the expense of governments’ rights to regulate in the public interest and of our fundamental rights as citizens. It gave special additional rights to global corporations that were enforceable in discredited offshore tribunals, despite widespread public opposition.

The TPP did not deliver on promises of secure livelihoods, good jobs and prosperity. It would have restricted governments’ ability to regulate to ensure affordable medicines, financial stability, workers’ rights, protection of the environment and climate change mitigation, and to protect indigenous rights and other fundamental human rights. We are better off without the TPP.

For these reasons, we believe it is not acceptable for TPP rules to be used as a model for future trade negotiations whether bilateral, regional or multilateral, including the World Trade Organisation. We urge you to accept that this model has failed, and to engage with us and others in a more open and democratic process to develop alternative approaches that genuinely serve the interests of our peoples, our nations and the planet.

Carta abierta a los Ministros de Comercio reuniéndose en Chile, 14 y 15 de marzo de 2017

Está claro que la retirada de los Estados Unidos significa que el Acuerdo de la Asociación Transpacífico, tal y como se había negociado, está muerto. Como representantes de muchos millones de personas en una amplia gama de sindicatos, grupos de la sociedad civil y movimientos sociales creemos que el texto del TPP, negociado en secreto, sirve a los intereses de las grandes corporaciones a expensas de los derechos de los gobiernos a regular en el interés público y de nuestros derechos fundamentales como ciudadados. Otorgó derechos adicionales especiales a las corporaciones globales que podían hacer cumplir en tribunales extranjeros desacreditados, pese a la amplia oposición pública.

El TPP no cumplía las promesas de medios de vida seguros, buenos empleos y prosperidad. Habría restringido la capacidad de los gobiernos para regular los medicamentos asequibles, la estabilidad financiera, los derechos de los trabajadores, la protección del medio ambiente y mitigar el cambio climático, los derechos indígenas y otros derechos humanos fundamentales. Estamos Mejor Sin TPP.

Por estas razones, creemos que no es aceptable que las reglas del TPP se utilicen como modelo para futuras negociaciones comerciales, ya sean bilaterales, regionales o multilaterales, incluida la Organización Mundial del Comercio. Les instamos a aceptar que este modelo ha fracasado y a comprometerse con nosotros, con nosotras y con nuestras poblaciones en un proceso más abierto y democrático para desarrollar enfoques alternativos que sirvan genuinamente a los intereses de nuestros pueblos, de nuestras naciones y del planeta.


Global organizations:

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Friends of the Earth International

LDC Watch

Regional organizations:

Alianza LAC – Global por el Acceso a Medicamentos

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development

Building and Woodworkers International – Asia-Pacific , New Zealand, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore and Japan

Australian organizations:

ActionAid Australia

AEU- NSW Teachers Federation


Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook Inc.

Australian Catholic Social Justice Council

Australian Council of Trade Unions

Australian Education Union

Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network

Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union

Australian Services Union

Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Association of NSW

Data Stream Pty Limited

Edmund Rice Centre for Justice & Community Education

Electrical Trades Union of Australia

Finance Sector Union of Australia

FOODwatch WA

Friends of the Earth Australia

Gene Ethics

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc.

Jubilee Australia

LIVE – Locals Into Victoria’s Environment

Loreto Sister’s Australia & South East Asia

MADGE Australia Inc.

Margaret River Community Garden

Margaret River GM Free Group

Margaret River Regional Environment Centre

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Justice and Peace Centre

N.S.W. Retired Teachers’ Association

National Tertiary Education Union

National Union of Workers

NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association

Pax Christi Australia

Pesticide Action Group of Western Australia

Presentation Sisters Queensland

Presentation Sisters, Wagga Wagga

Presentation Society of Australia and Papua New Guinea

Sisters of Charity

South Coast Labour Council (NSW Australia)

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre

Textile Clothing & Footwear Union of Australia

The International Grail Justice in Trade Agreements Network

The SEARCH Foundation


Wide Bay Burnett Environment Council Inc

Canadian Organizations:

Canadian Environmental Law Association

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Canadian Union of Public Employees

Centrale des syndicats démocratiques

Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ)

Collectif pour un Québec sans pauvreté

Comité pour les Droits Humains en Amérique Latine (CDHAL)

Common Frontiers

Conseil Central du Montréal Métropolitain-CSN

Council of Canadians

CWA Canada

Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN)


Ligue des droits et Libertés du Québec

MiningWatch Canada

Montreal Chapter, Council of Canadians

National Farmers Union


Pacific Institute

People’s Climate Movement- Toronto

Progress Champions

Réseau Québécois sur L’intégration Continentale (RQIC)

Trade Justice Network

Trade Justice PEI


Génération Nationale

Union Paysanne

Chilean organizations:

Antimafia -Chile

Asamblea Invisible

Asociacion Mutual del Transporte

Chile Mejor sin TPP

Colegio de Bibliotecarios de Chile AG

Comisión Justicia y Paz

Comunidad Ecuménica Martin Luther King

Defensa de los Ríos

Derechos Digitales


Fundacion Chile Sustentable

Fundacion Constituyente XXI

Movimiento Tod@s a La Moneda

ONG Políticas Farmacéuticas

Observatorio Ciudadano

Partido Pirata de Chile

Red de Acción en Plaguicidas y sus Alternativas RAP-Chile

Revolución Democrática

Werken Rojo

Red de Educacion Popular Entre Mujeres de America Latina y el Caribe REPEM

Colombian organizations:

Misión Salud

Fundación IFARMA

Mesa de Organizaciones con Trabajo en VIH Colombia

Centro de Información de Medicamentos de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Comité de Veeduría y Cooperación en Salud

Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Trabajadores del Estado y los Servicios Públicos.

Conferencia Episcopal de Colombia

Indonesian organizations:

Solidaritas Perempuan Indonesia

Japanese organizations:

Advocacy and Monitoring Network on Sustainable Development (AMnet)

All Japan Farmers Union

All Tokachi Farmers’ Union

Consumers Union of Japan

Declaration of private Medical and Dental Practitioners (Hodanren)

Farmer’s Exchange Association in OKITAMA District

Food Policy Center Vision21

Food Safety Citizen’s Watch

Forum for Peace, Human Rights and Environment

Hokkaido Farmers Union of Japan

Japan Confederation of Railway Workers’ Unions (JRU)

Japan Federation of Democratic Medical Institutions


National Coalition for Joint Action to Stop the Enforcement of TPP

National Coalition of Workers, Farmers and Consumers for Safe Food and Japan Health

National Committee for the Dialogue on TPP between Citizens and the Government

Nouminren (Japan Family Farmers Movement)

Pacific Asia Resource Center(PARC)

People’s Action against TPP

Stop TPP Action in Kansai

Stop TPP!! Civil Action

The Federation of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Workers Union

The Lawsuit for an Injunction against the TPP Negotiations, and against its Unconstitutionality


Tohto Consumers Co-opterative Society

TPP Osaka Network for citizens

Malaysian organizations:

Consumers Association of Penang

Malaysian Council for Tobacco Control (MCTC)

Penang Research Center in Socio Economy (PReCISE)

Positive Malaysian Treatment Access & Advocacy Group (MTAAG+)

Sahabat Alam Malaysia

Third World Network

Mexican organizations:

Asociacion Nacional de Empresas Comercializadoras de Productores del Campo (ANEC)

Bia´lii, Asesoría e Investigación, A.C .

Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Francisco de Vitoria OP, A.C.

Centro de Promoción y Educación Profesional “Vasco de Quiorga”, A. C.

Convergencia de Organizaciones Sociales México Mejor Sin TPP/TLCs

Greenpeace México, A.C.

Partido de la Revolución Democrática

R3D – Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales

Sindicato de Telefonistas de la Republica Mexicana STRM

New Zealand organizations:


Appropriate Technology for Living Assn


Hebron Christian Fellowship

It’s Our Future

Mana Movement

Mana Te Hiku

Mana Te Tai Tokerau

Maritime Union of New Zealand

Nerehana Whanau Trust

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi

New Zealand Nurses Organisation

New Zealand Tertiary Education Union

NZ Public Service Association

Peace Movement Aotearoa

Public Health Association of New Zealand

Rail and Maritime Transport Union

Tainui hapu

Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngati Kahu

Waipuna Marae

Peruvian organizations:

Acción Internacional para la Salud – Perú

Alames-Peru Perú

Asociación Aurora Vivar Perú

Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH) Perú

Asociación PROSA Perú

Central Autónoma de Trabajadores del Perú

Central Unitaria de Trabajadores del Peru

Coordinación Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDDHH)

Colegio de Abogados de Lima

DESCO Centro de Estudios y Promoción del Desarrollo

ICW Perú

Justicia en Salud

Plataforma Peruanos contra el TPP y TISA

Red Interquorum Cusco

Red Peruana de Pacientes y Usuarios (RPPU)

Red Peruana por una Globalización con Equidad (RedGE)

Red Uniendo Manos Perú

Si, Da Vida

Sindicato de Trabajadores Rimac – Sintrarimac

Sindicato Nacional de Químico Farmacéuticos de DIRESAS, DISAS,

Institutos y Hospitales del Ministerio de Salud Gobiernos Regionales y

Otras Entidades del Sector Salud (SINQUIFADDIHS)

Phillipine organizations:

PKKK/National Rural Women Coalition

Republic of Korea organizations:

Association of Korean Medicine Doctors for Health Rights(AKDH)

Association of Humanism

Association of Physicans for Humanism

Dentist association for Health society

Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU)


Knowledge Commune

Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU)

Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet

MIN-BYUN(Korean Lawyers for Democratic Society)

Open Net Korea

The Korean Federation of Medical Groups for Health Rights

Thailand organizations:

International Accountability Project

USA organizations:

Americans for Democratic Action

Citizens Trade Campaign

Communications Workers of America

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Fair World Project

Green America


Health GAP (Global Access Project)

Holy Cross International Justice Office

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Institute for Policy Studies – Global Economy Project

International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)

Jobs With Justice

Just Foreign Policy

LWC Policy Consulting Inc.

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

National Family Farm Coalition

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

People Demanding Action

Pride at Work

Public Citizen

Sierra Club

United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries

United Mine Workers of America

United Steelworkers (USW)

Vietnamese organizations:

Vietnamese Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (VNP+)


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