Secret “Free Trade” Agreement Threatens Workers, Consumers

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) before it, is a “free trade” agreement in name only. The secret pact currently being negotiated between the U.S., Canada, Japan and other nations would increase the power of corporations and investors at the expense of protections for workers, consumers and the environment. An interview with Noam Chomsky about the TPP is embedded above.

While more than 600 corporate “trade advisors” help set the terms of the agreement, the public and even Congress are not allowed to know what is in it. What little we do know about the agreement is the result of leaks, including a draft chapter on intellectual property published in November by Wikileaks. Analysts have said that chapter indicated that the pact would increase corporate power by, among other things, making it more difficult for generic drugs to make it to market.

A first step in taking action on the TPP is fighting for our right to know what is in the agreement. Public Citizen is petitioning U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to do just that.