When the world’s biggest trucking company FedEx renoed its truck in January, it was an act of protest.
It wasn’t the first time the company had done so.
As a symbol of protest, the reno was designed to be seen as a form of industrial action and was not meant to be used for the express purpose of shipping goods.
FedEx, which has a fleet of roughly 1.4 million trucks in over 130 countries, had to take the truck off the road temporarily as a result of the protest.
But the renos protest has become one of the more visible signs of the growing resistance to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a controversial free trade deal that has been in the works for nearly a decade.
“In the U.S., we have a significant number of people who have been concerned about TPP, particularly the provisions on intellectual property rights and trade agreements,” David Mazzucchelli, an expert on intellectual-property rights at the University of Virginia, told The Next Sputnik.
“It’s not something that’s going to sit in a room for the entire year.”
The reno protest is the latest example of growing resistance against the TPP, which was unveiled in October 2016 by the Obama administration, with the intent of bringing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to the United States.
The TPP would include an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism that would allow corporations to sue governments and other nations if they feel they are being harmed by the policies of those governments.
While the Obama-led administration has insisted that TPP would not impact U.N. rules, critics argue that the agreement would allow multinational corporations to dictate terms of trade in other countries, such as the TPP.
Under TPP, the U,S.
and 12 other countries are supposed to enter into “fast-track” agreements, which allow for fast-track negotiations with foreign governments and corporations, with no public hearings or amendments to any of the proposed agreements.
The Obama administration has argued that fast-tracking agreements will be a key part of TPP and will enable the U to enforce the agreements’ commitments and protect its interests.
But in November, the Obama White House withdrew from the TPP after the Obama Administration received the formal notification that it would not be able to reach an agreement on the issue, despite the fact that TPP negotiations have been underway for nearly five years.
While it is important to note that the TPP negotiations were not formally announced, many observers believe that TPP could have significant negative consequences for labor rights and environmental protections.
For example, in April, the World Socialist Web Site reported that TPP provisions would force member countries to take measures that could “instruct workers to refuse to take industrial action” or face “a loss of employment opportunities, lower wages, and other harmful effects.”
In addition, the agreement is set to allow corporations and the U.,S.
government to impose “unreasonable” and “contrary” standards for labor protections.
“The U. S. is set for years to see a huge rise in corporate control of the economy, and we are now on the verge of that happening,” said Matt Gerson, a labor rights activist who works on labor and environmental issues.
“We are going to see the TPP become the model of what the world has come to expect from the U .
S. under this administration.”
But the TPP is not the only area that has drawn a lot of criticism.
As of January, the TPP had not been ratified by the U of S Senate, which is expected to take a vote on the deal this coming week.
However, the deal has also been rejected by the Democratic-led Congress, with many Democrats saying that the pact would violate the United Nations Charter.
Some activists are calling for an international boycott of the U’s trade relations with the U and other countries.
“What’s really frustrating about this TPP is that the U is going to go in and get it, and they’ll say it’s not a bad deal, it’s going on an international basis, it should be adopted, and it should have been ratified, but it’s been rejected,” Gerson said.
“This is the last chance for people to stand up and say ‘We’re not going to be bound by this.”