The Teamsters represent more than 6000 dairy industry workers in Canada
and want this industry to be kept off the table in TPP...
LAVAL, QC, May 9, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Teamsters Canada represents dairy
industry workers throughout the supply chain. Our Locals in Calgary,
Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver represent more than 6000 dairy industry
workers. It is on their behalf that we call on the Canadian government
negotiators to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to keep dairy "off
the table" in the trade talks convening in Lima, Peru, 15-24 May.
Canada joined the TPP talks late last year, during the 15th round of
negotiations, sitting with eleven other nations at the table, including
a couple countries that want Canada to dismantle our dairy supply
management system. New Zealand and the U.S., in particular, have made
dairy market access a "sensitive issue" in the TPP talks, one that will
be decided at the political level by the chief negotiators or even
heads of state, later this year, during the endgame negotiations at the
APEC summit in Bali.
We respectfully remind the head of the Canadian delegation, Kirsten
Hillman, and Trade Minister Ed Fast that Canada has joined several
trade pacts, including the NAFTA, and maintained supply management.
Like the dairy farmers and processors with whom we work, Teamsters
Canada expects the government will defend the stability of the Canadian
dairy industry, which supports over 200,000 good middle class Canadian
jobs, in these TPP talks.
In addition, and in solidarity with U.S. Teamsters and civil society
"Fair Trade" networks throughout the twelve TPP countries, we further
call on the Harper government to make sure the final TPP deal:
Protects workers and their right to organize, in a strong Labour Chapter
that incorporates core ILO conventions and protects those rights
through dispute settlement regimes that are equal or superior to the
sanctions that protect commercial rights;
Protects the environment by incorporating the obligations of the several
multilateral environmental agreements among the parties;
Protects food safety and family farms by opposing imports of food
products that do not meet our safety standards with respect to
pesticides, inspections, packaging and labeling;
Allows Parliament and provincial authorities to enact government
procurement programs in the public interest; and
Denies greater rights to foreign investors than to Canadian firms
through investor-to-state dispute settlement mechanisms.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is North America's dairy
union and we support trade that is fair. Teamsters Canada urges the
negotiators to safeguard the interests of Canadian workers and the
values of civil society against the ambitions of multinational
corporations and the so-called "free trade" lobby in Ottawa and at the
The Teamsters represents 115,000 members in Canada in all trades. The
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is
affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.
SOURCE: TEAMSTERS CANADA
For further information:
François Laporte, Assistant to the President