US Trade Agency Locks Out Critics of Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal

© AFP 2022 / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIPeople protesting the TPP look at other protesters, as they rally to advocate for an increase in pay to $15 USD per hour, as part of a "Fight for $15" labor effort on Capitol Hill April 22, 2015 in Washington
People protesting the TPP look at other protesters, as they rally to advocate for an increase in pay to $15 USD per hour, as part of a Fight for $15 labor effort on Capitol Hill April 22, 2015 in Washington - Sputnik International
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The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations said that opponents of TPP free trade agreement were barred from entering the office of the US Trade Representative to see the full text of the deal.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement were barred from entering the office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) to see the full text of the deal, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO) said in a press release.

“[C]ritics that included a faith leader, a nurse, an environmental activist, a veteran, a postal worker and a student walked to the United States Trade Representative’s office to ask to read the [TPP] text,” the release, issued on Tuesday, stated. “All were disappointed when they… found the doors locked.”

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Earlier on Tuesday, US Congressman Lloyd Doggett said that if the TPP agreement was really beneficial to US workers, and the administration of US President Barack Obama would allow the public to read the text of the bill, according to the release.

Proponents of the TPP treaty have argued that it focuses on enhancing trade and investment among partner countries to create innovation, economic growth and economic development.

The TPP free trade agreement includes twelve Pacific Rim countries, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States.

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