Unions join Two-Days Hui on What an Alternative & Progressive Trade Strategy Should Look Like – Unions For Trade Justice

Unions join Two-Days Hui on What an Alternative & Progressive Trade Strategy Should Look Like

Trade unions from New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region are actively joining the call for real alternatives to the one-dimensional model of free trade and investment agreements that has dominated the past three decades. The Hui (‘event’ in Maori) will be held on 19-20 October at Fale Pasifika, University of Auckland and live streamed.

The hui has a forward looking focus as it will launch the public debate on an alternative and progressive trade strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand. The programme features ten impressive panels in conversation on pressing issues for the future of international economic relationships and agreements, from the international economy, geopolitics and livelihoods to Tiriti-based relationships, sustainable worlds, health, knowledge and how to reinvigorate the local economy.

Speakers include New Zealand Council of Trade Union’s Sam Huggard and Bill Rosenberg, as well as other unions such as New Zealand Nurses Organisation, Public Services International, Post-Primacy Teachers Association, E Tu and FIRST union. Other prominent speakers include journalists Rod Oram and Bernard Hickey, former diplomat Terence O’Brien, Maori women leaders Margaret Mutu, prominent academics, community advocates and organisers from across the country, and many more.

Co-sponsors include The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, It’s Our Future, Doctors for Healthy Trade, Ora Taiao: New Zealand Climate and Health Council, Oxfam New Zealand, Greenpeace New Zealand, New Zealand Nurses Organisation, First Union, Public Services Association, Post-Primacy Teachers Association, New Zealand Educational Institute, Tertiary Education Union, and the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa.

For more information and the programme see https://itsourfuture.org.nz/hui-2018/

The event will also be livestreamed on https://itsourfuture.org.nz/hui-2018/ and Daily Blog. Send questions and views via Twitter #AltTrade and #Hui2018

Video of each session will be posted on itsourfuture.org.nz

For further details contact: j.kelsey@auckland.ac.nz