ILPS – New Zealand
Millions of people around the world have been marching and protesting in different ways to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), among other unjust trade deals that cater to the insatiable greed of corporations, at huge expense of the people and planet. On February 4, the leaders of US, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Brunei are poised to sign the TPPA right here in New Zealand.
NZ Doctors don’t prescribe the TPPA as it means that the profit-greedy pharmaceutical monopolies can stretch patent laws to make medicines even more expensive. Ordinary New Zealanders like the rest of the working people and marginalised peoples around the world will foot the bill while the big corporations continue to make bigger profits – with TPPA giving them more power to exploit cheap labour and take over land including sacred domain of indigenous peoples.
We of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) – New Zealand join all New Zealanders and the immigrant communities who are united in the call to stop TPPA.
We stand firm for sovereignty and democracy. We reject the curse of a future where global monopolies take control of New Zealand economy, the people’s health and our pristine environment.
Take it from the experiences of Philippines and many underdeveloped countries who have long been held hostage by the global trade monopolies led by US imperialism: Our people and planet have nothing good to gain from neo-liberal policies of trade liberalization, deregulation and privatization. TPPA will just bring even more scandalous inequality, inaccessible health care and other services, environment destruction and ever worsening climate crisis.
Together, let us march again to tell John Key and all the government leaders converging in New Zealand not to sign the TPPA in our name!
Join the People’s March: DO NOT SIGN THE TPPA!
TOMORROW, 04 February 2016: 12NN @ Aotea Square, Auckland
022 607 3918
Alternate Member, ILPS International Coordinating Committee
Coordinator, ILPS – New Zealand