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Unions Call On Government To Halt Ratifying Trade Agreement With Myanmar



The Council of Trade Unions has today formally
written
to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Nanaia
Mahuta and the Minister for Trade, Hon. Damien O’Connor
calling on them to take action to halt ratifying the
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade
agreement. “If New Zealand does so, then we will be
recognising the military junta in Myanmar as legitimate,”
CTU Secretary Melissa Ansell-Bridges said.

“We support
the government taking quick steps to suspend all high-level
contact with Myanmar and imposing a travel ban on its
military leaders the week immediately after the coup. It is
consistent and appropriate that the New Zealand government
does not ratify the Regional Comprehensive Economic
Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement as this agreement
includes trade with Myanmar. We are calling on our
government not to ratify the RCEP trade agreement as signing
such an agreement recognises the military junta in Myanmar
as legitimate.”

“The New Zealand union movement has
deep ties to the union movement in Myanmar, thanks in part
to the long-term work of UnionAid in Myanmar. We are hearing
regular firsthand accounts of some of the atrocities that
have occurred and continue to occur.”

“The military
junta is a brutal and illegitimate regime which has killed
over 700 civilians since 1 February when they overthew the
democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.”

“New
Zealand must do all we can to demonstrate that we do not
endorse or legitimate the military junta and we must also
encourage other countries engaged in the RCEP trade
agreement to do the same. New Zealand must continue to be on
the right side of history, the side of justice, fairness and
democracy,” Ansell-Bridges
said.

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