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    Wellington unions protest new TPP pact

    Union members and activists will protest the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in Wellington following David Parker's meeting with Export New Zealand.


    The recently revived Trans-Pacific Partnership hasn't won over everyone as Wellington union members and activists get set to protest the trade agreement.

    The Wellington branches of TPP Free, It's Our Future and Unions Wellington will oppose the agreement at an event on Thursday at Rutherford House where Minister of Trade David Parker is meeting with Export NZ and MFAT to discuss the agreement.

    "There is nothing 'progressive' about the revised agreement. In fact, not much has changed except the spin," a TPP Free spokesman said.

    New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Japan are among 11 nations signed up to the revised pact, now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    But protesters say they continue to oppose clauses that give foreign companies the power to sue the government.

    The clauses remain in the deal but negotiations at APEC in November saw them suspended, meaning they can only be re-included if all nations agree to it and the new agreement also means foreign companies with a contract with the government can only sue under domestic law.

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has previously said the new deal "is not a perfect agreement but it is a damn sight better than what we had when we started."

    The Green Party continues to oppose the CPTPP, with James Shaw saying he did not believe there are "sufficient safeguards for people and the environment" to support the deal.


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