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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Oppose TTIP in principle – it has no redeeming features

#A18DoA #NoTTIP Today is a Global Day of Action against free trade and investment treaties. Over 25 protests are planned in Britain including a major event ‘Democracy vs TTIP’ at Shepherds Bush Common, London:
     Many trade unionists will have been disappointed to see Labour include in its General Election manifesto support for the 'principles behind the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Treaty (TTIP)’. Although it goes on to say that a Labour Government ‘will hold the European Commission to account on issues of concern, including the impact on public services and the Investor to State Dispute Settlement Mechanism. And we will ensure the NHS is protected from the TTIP treaty’, this is a massive and unacceptable capitulation to the competition and deregulation agenda of the EU and US:

UNISON’s newly updated briefing on TTIP and the similar Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and a wider agreement with 23 other countries, the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), sets out the union’s clear position of opposition to TTIP, CETA and TiSA.

As things stand, whichever party forms the next government after 7 May will be committed to TTIP and therefore our campaign against it will need to be stepped up: