TISA

The plurilateral Trade in Services Agreement aims to privatize and globalize what once were public services, turning lots of good jobs into precarious labor and freezing government's ability to fix even the most serious problems, except in the most limited way possible. IMHO, this is a huge mistake.

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The plurilateral Trade in Services Agreement, (TISA) aims to globalize services, around 80% of any modern economy, locking in pro-corporate and locking out public services,  lowering labor costs and increasing profits..It is intended to be merged with the GATS at a future date.

TISA is "negative list" which makes it potentially very dangerous, as it includes everything, all service sectors and modes of supply, unless they are excluded in writing in the service schedule in advance. It also hopes to "capture the autonomous level of liberalization" which means implement a "standstill clause"- freezing any additional regulation, so that corporations can have certainty. (But 'we the people' people lose it.)

We've linked to some very good videos which include many on TISA.

This video of a recent webcast is long but its particularly good. Please listen to Sanya Reid Smith's explanation of how a deal like TISA supersedes our national laws.. particularly at around 55:00.

Coincidentally, at around the same timemark, this video by trade expert, Robert Stumberg also explains how the related GATS has made compromise in legislatures automatically prevented by requiring that laws all be not more burdensome than necessary, a legal standard that makes things like Medicare For All and Green New Deal impossible.

TISA is intended to expand GATS which remains largely underimplemented yet, although still binding, so understanding it is crucial to understanding the newer agreement.

Like GATS it's standstill clause and ratchet clause would prevent creation of new public services, no-matter how much they were needed unless excluded explicitly in advance.  (By using negative list it includes everything not explicitly excluded at the start, even new services that had not even been invented yet).  This means blocks everything. Politicians should be should be telling people about this, its dishonest to hide it.

A "standstill clause" already exists for the US in financial services like health insurance and banking.

TISA would legitimize this theft, which has only really just begun, further, while now the standstill on financial services, is only endorsed by 30 countries so its possible for countries that did not sign to not be bound by it and that reduces the ability of the US to compel new countries to adopt it.

There is a lot of pressure on Joe Biden to resurrect TISA if he is elected. Its a very bad thing, and we need to make people aware of this. The GATS - which TISA extends, has already been a disaster for this country in a number of ways.

Other pages on TISA:

wikileaks.org | bilaterals.org

And see the Related links below.

"TISA's Threat to Democracy" A Trade Justice Alliance Webinar

"The TISA would override your Constitution, override your domestic laws" - 55:30 (Sanya Reid Smith) 2 hour video with: Sanya Reid Smith, Legal Advisor and Senior Researcher, Third World Network, Deborah James, Director of International Programs at the Center for Economic and Policy Research ABOUT TISA: TISA, the Trade in Services Agreement or TiSA, is the largest multilateral trade deal ever negotiated, and currently includes 50 countries. TiSA would set the rules for “services” that the text defines so broadly as to encompass almost all areas of our lives. TiSA would apply to approximately 80% of the global economy yet the massive corporate-designed agreement has been negotiated completely behind closed doors without public input. Without WikiLeaks, we would know very little. TiSA would inhibit regulations of the very banks that brought down the global economy, destroy online privacy and data protections and would legally codify global privatization of the commons, including access to clean water, public education and quality health care. TiSA would entrench neoliberal dirty energy projects like fracking and tar sands at the expense of renewables like solar and wind power. Despite President Trump’s proclaimed opposition to TPP, and his checkered messages around NAFTA, he has yet to say one word about TiSA which has farther-reaching implications.

TiSA: Not our Future

A new report (TiSA: Not our Future!) prepared for the IUF by Professor Jane Kelsey of Auckland University reveals the scope of the corporate power grab through a close examination of TiSA's potential impact on workers across the IUF sectors and TiSA's broader implications for the labour movement, society and democratic governance. The report explains in plain language the meaning and context of TiSA's complex rules and how they are designed to lock in the corporate agenda. TiSA -and 'trade in services' components of other mega-trade deals like the reborn Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP, ex-TPPA) - are, on the one hand, a continuation of long-standing efforts to complete the corporations' unfinished agenda at the WTO by establishing enforceable global rules on public and private services, finance and investment, domestic regulation and government procurement. But the new model 'trade in services' fuses these familiar objectives with the potent force of digitally-based technologies expressed in the rise of Big Tech. 'E-commerce' rules in TiSA are not about online shopping. They are about the control of the algorithms and data flows which are essential to the corporate-driven digitalization of everything, including work. When the WTO rules were established over two decades ago, digital 'high precision' agriculture fed a data stream from cloud computers did not exist. Nor did lab-grown meat and dairy, 3D printed meals, 'smart fishing', Airbnb, Amazon Prime food deliveries, UberEats, and digitally-based worker surveillance technologies. Under current WTO rules, the products of IUF sectors like food processing and beverage manufacturing, agriculture and fisheries are treated as goods the moment they cross borders. TiSA introduces another layer of rules, under which every current and future task performed by workers in these sectors can be treated as a discrete, stand-alone 'service' to be outsourced to a transnational 'service provider' who is liberated and protected by TiSA's rules. These service providers would not be required to have a physical presence in the countries they operate in, shielding them from regulation and liability. The same rules would apply to all other manufacturing sectors and to the extractive industries. In the IUF sectors already treated as services - hotels, restaurants, catering - TiSA gives new impetus and encouragement to the ongoing process of outsourcing and casualization. The report identifies the many ways in which TiSA will deepen the concentration of corporate power over all the IUF sectors and accelerate the fragmentation and precariousness of work in each of those sectors, eroding the capacity of workers to organise and to bargain on a workplace, national and international scale. TiSA would accelerate a process of digitalized automation potentially resulting in massive job destruction, while its rules would radically reduce the possibility for workers to negotiate the application and impact of these new technologies. At the same time, TiSA's rules on financial services effectively preclude meaningful efforts to regulate the crisis-prone financial sector through new laws or regulations. The volatile, speculative flow of money which increasingly drives food production and the global economy acquires even greater power to disrupt. Understanding TiSA and similar provisions in the new generation of trade and investment deals is crucial to defeating them. As the report notes, the TiSA negotiations are currently suspended because opposition has made them - for the moment - politically toxic. In the immediate term, the task is to ensure that they are definitively abandoned. Defeating TiSA is both possible and necessary. But in a world where everything is now a 'tradeable service', they will resurface in another guise, just as the investment provisions of the defeated Multilateral Agreement on Investment have regularly resurfaced in the regional and bilateral trade and investment deals. The larger task facing the labour movement and its allies is to unwind the thickening web of trade and investment deals to reclaim the democratic policy space needed to defend worker rights, sustainable livelihoods, public services, the environment and the world's food resources.

EUA_Statement_TTIP.pdf

Recent official statement by the European University Association, an organization that accredits thousands of universities throughout Europe, stating how and why they consider (GATS and) TISA and TTIP are existential threats to public higher education.

TISA Dispute Settlement - TISA Training Day 2

US is requiring countries to liberalize (privatize and end public services for corporations) Training on the TISA with trade expert Jane Kelsey - trade expert from New Zealand See also TPPnocertification.org

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