WikiLeaks reveals secret plan to damage New Zealand’s public services

The Public Service Association (PSA) says today’s release by WikiLeaks of the draft text for the secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex has shone much needed light on a plan which would have significant impacts on New Zealand’s public services.

Richard Wagstaff, PSA National Secretary, said “This massive trade deal will put public health care, child care, postal, broadcasting, water, and other services at risk,”

“TISA will lock in the privatisation of services so future governments cannot return water, energy, health, education or other services to public hands.

“The Minister of Trade Tim Groser must explain why he is so keen to abandon local control of the public services New Zealanders use and trust.

“If the Government thinks this is a good idea, they should be up front rather than hide behind secretive international talks.

“Public services exist for the good of all New Zealanders, not for the profit of multinational corporations,” said Richard Wagstaff.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

The leaked text, and analysis by Professor Jane Kelsey of the University of Auckland http://wikileaks.org/tisa-financial/