New PSI research shows that TISA will create a more favourable environment for privatising public services; permanently block the ability of governments to re-municipalise or establish new public services; restrict the ability of governments to legislate in areas such as workers’ safety, environmental regulations, consumer protection and universal service obligations.
PSI and its affiliates are demanding that those countries currently involved in TISA negotiations:
We also urge the governments of non-participating countries to clearly state they will not join the agreement.
Alarmingly, the TISA is being negotiated outside the multilateral trade framework by the most pro-liberalisation countries, with the explicit aim of drawing in the rest of the world to the agreement after it has been finalised. This means that the TISA will potentially affect all countries in the world – regardless of whether they are currently participating in negotiations.
The TISA will bind future governments. Combined with the secrecy and lack of consultation, the binding of future governments is a major attack on the democratic rights of citizens to be able to hold their governments to account.
PSI has been monitoring the TISA negotiations and has conducted research to examine the harmful effects of the TISA on Quality Public Services. The results show that the TISA will:
The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, the United States, and the European Union, representing its 28 member states.
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