Stand with us in protecting Canadian jobs: say “NO” to the Trans Pacific Partnership.
UPDATE: Canadians United for Change (CUC) is increasing pressure on the Canadian government to reject the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto meet in Ottawa the last week of June for the North American Leaders` Summit.
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Calling the TPP “a secret deal negotiated by Stephen Harper that could cost Canada approximately 50,000 jobs,” the CUC urges Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government to reject Stephen Harper’s policies. It’s more important than ever for the federal government to stand up for working Canadians by protecting and creating jobs, and the TPP includes multiple provisions that will undermine Canada’s ability to do so.
One of the most concerning aspects of the TPP, which cannot be amended by Canadian Parliament, is the potential for lost jobs, lower wages and repression of worker rights. This stems from provisions in the agreement allowing foreign companies to bid on Canadian projects and import less trained, cheaper employees. Canadian workers could be denied opportunities despite being better qualified and available for work.
Labour unions, like IUOE Local 115, are worried about the skewed benefits to corporate interests while risking job and wage security of Canadian workers.
Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the conclusion of TPP negotiations on October 5, 2015, just two weeks before the 42nd federal election. The deal was signed by TPP Ministers in New Zealand on February 4, 2016, but the Government of Canada under Prime Minister Justrin Trudeau has promised a full Parliamentary debate and consultation on the agreement.
The trade deal is seen as problematic by critics including labour unions, opposition political parties and immigration experts. These critics have continued to point out problematic aspects. At the time the negotiations concluded, Stephen Harper faced wide criticism, in part because of the impending election and the secrecy of terms of the agreement. Since coming to light, some of those terms have garnered even greater criticism, especially surrounding importing workers.
One of the most problematic issues is the 12 nation deal removes the requirement for companies to complete labour market assessments and economic need tests to prove no Canadians are eligible for jobs before hiring temporary foreign workers in specific occupations. Many of the skilled trades included in the deal are typically unionized jobs.
Further alarming is the TPP doesn`t include protections for Collective Agreements and doesn`t require TFWs to be paid prevailing rate wages. Any complaints over wages or hiring practices would have to go to private arbitration and it appears no Canadian tribunal has jurisdiction over this agreement. It is also unclear how credentials of foreign workers will be regulated.
IUOE Local 115 has been instrumental in the need to overhaul the current Temporary Foreign Worker program and shares the concern of trade unions across the country the TPP has the potential to seriously hurt Canadian workers.