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AFTINET: Reply to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Myths and Realities document, June 2015
30-Jun-2015 Scoop The Australian government misrepresents the claims of critics and fails to address substantial criticisms of the Trans Pacific Partnership, says civil society network AFTINET.
The Fonterra scandal in China has evolved into a major food crisis. "We are seeing the reality of free trade in action, the negatives that have been concealed by the greed and arrogance of Government and private business interests," says the New Zealand Alliance Party
17-Sep-2008 EX online
Recordó que desde que inició el Tratado de Libre Comercio con América del Norte (TLCAN), ha aumentado nuestra dependencia alimentaria en casi 50% con EU
15-Sep-2008 Epoch Times
New Zealand’s dairy giant Fonterra is caught up in the latest food scandal in China as the contaminated milk powder crisis reveals weeks of delay before the public was informed. NZ Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said “We signed up for a free trade agreement with no rules around environment or health, and so we are exposing ourselves and our companies to these types of scandals.”
26-Aug-2008 RECALCA y el Comité Colombia de Lucha contra el ALCA
Como todos los géneros agropecuarios, que constituyen la dieta alimentaria básica de los colombianos, la leche fue entregada por el gobierno en las negociaciones del TLC con EEUU
South Korean police arrested nearly 160 people at a rally in Seoul Friday night opposing the resumption of US beef imports. It was Korean activists’ 100th major demonstration against the beef deal.
For the past two months, protesters have been filling the streets of Seoul condemning a decision to lift a ban on imported beef from the United States. We speak with Michael Hansen, senior scientist for Consumers Union.
Calling for solidarity - Lee Myung-bak government repression against the KCTU and Fundamental Trade Union Rights
When KCTU called for general strike on July 2nd, renegotiation of the April 18 Protocol on US beef import to reflect food safety concerns was declared as one of priorities of strike aims. The Ministry of Labor and prosecutor explained that this was the main reason that it was illegal. This is a repetition of the South Korean government’s very narrow interpretation that the only legal aims of strikes be related to wages and working conditions.
Thailand is being urged to upgrade itself as the leader in determining safety standards and relevant laws on food and agricultural products in order to surmount business challenges arising from free trade area agreements.
South Korean hospital workers on Monday threatened to strike this week to press demands including a ban on the use of US beef for patients’ meals.
19-Jul-2008 AFL-CIO Now blog
It is gratifying that our government will go to such lengths to stamp out a dangerous bacterium. It is less encouraging to know that the inspectors were not looking at massive labor rights violations, especially the systematic employment of young children in hazardous conditions, which have existed in the tomato industry for decades.
15-Jul-2008 Korea Times
South Korean activists Monday sent a petition to the United Nations, asking the international organization to admonish their government for its hardline crackdown on street protests over US beef imports.
Through the prism of beef, Koreans confront the limitations of key contemporary institutions: democracy, capitalism, and nationalism.
Indonesia’s ban on New Zealand beef could threaten plans to sign a lucrative free-trade pact with South-east Asian nations this year, industry officials say.
No one is sure how successful the movement will be in stopping the importation of American beef into Korea but it has certainly fractured the seemingly monolithic aura of President Lee and his neo-liberal bulldozer and will perhaps spark a new generation of class struggle in South Korea.
10-Jul-2008 Business Week
Workers at Hyundai Motor Co. staged a partial strike Thursday over stalled annual wage negotiations with management and the resumption of US beef imports.
La edición electrónica del diario local Prensa Libre señaló que la Administración de Medicinas y Alimentos de Estados Unidos (FDA, por su sigla en inglés) impidió el ingreso de los productos guatemaltecos por incumplir con las normas sanitarias contenidas en el Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) suscrito entre ese país y Centroamérica
Le lien entre « la crise du boeuf » et les accords de libre-échange est évident. « À travers l’un, nous luttons contre l’autre, explique-t-on. Même si c’est un lien que ne font pas tous ceux qui descendent dans la rue aujourd’hui. Notre mouvement exige la rectification des accords conclus en avril de l’an dernier. Ceux-ci concernent durablement la vie de tous les citoyens, les paysans en premier lieu. »
South Korean activists Saturday promised to draw one million protesters nationwide in the biggest anti-US beef rallies so far
3-Jul-2008 Chosun Ilbo
Some 240 tons of beef products from an approved US exporter to Korea suspected of being contaminated with the O-157 strain of E. coli have been recalled, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Wednesday.
South Korean activists on Thursday launched a nationwide campaign to boycott US beef as President Lee Myung-Bak issued a fresh warning against violent protests.