New Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA)

GMB Congress in Dublin told that leaks about new Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) reveal plans for free movement of labour with no social standards across 52 nations.

If implemented, TISA would allow multinational corporations to exploit migrant workers with impunity and governments would be powerless to do anything about it GMB Congress told.

GMB Congress in Dublin was told today (8 June) that proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) leaked by Wikileaks on 3rd June would extend the rights of employers in 37 sectors to move labour across 52 countries including the EU and the US with no social standards whatsoever.

The leaked document shows secret plans to extend the scope and coverage of the existing General Agreement of Trade and Services (GATS) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) across 37 service sectors including construction which is defined as a production industry in the UK.

TISA commits participating countries to enact non-reversible privatisations and deregulate a wide range of services for the benefit of transnational corporations. There are paragraphs on the removal of restrictions concerning the movement of ‘natural persons’, a reference to migrant workers who would have no legal protections for their labour rights.

The countries involved in the negotiations are the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey and Uruguay.

The 37 industries covered by the talks are as follows:

Professional services:
1. Accounting, auditing and bookkeeping services
2. Architectural services
3. Engineering services
4. Integrated engineering services
5. Urban planning and landscape architectural services
6. Medical & dental services
7. Veterinary services
8. Services provided by midwives, nurses, physiotherapists and paramedical personnel

Computer and related services:
9. Consultancy services related to the installation of computer hardware
10. Software implementation services
11. Data processing services
12. Data base services
13. Other

Research and Development services:
14. R&D services on natural sciences
15. R&D services on social sciences and humanities
16. Interdisciplinary R&D services

Other business services:
17. Advertising services
18. Market research and public opinion polling services
19. Management consulting services
20. Services related to management consulting
21. Technical testing & analysis services
23. Related scientific and technical consulting services
24. Maintenance and repair of equipment (not including maritime vessels, aircraft or other transport equipment)
25. Specialty design services

Construction and related engineering services:
26. General construction work for buildings
27. General construction work for civil engineering
28. Installation and assembly work
29. Building completion and finishing work
30. Other