More and more workers in their unions have begun to see TTIP as a creation of finance capitalism, and something to oppose. In Britain several unions have policy of opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. These include the GMB, NUT, PCS, Unison and Unite as well as the TUC. Also many demonstrations have taken place against these trade agreements and the multinational corporations and transnational bodies which will benefit. These demonstrators have included Occupy and Anonymous activists and organisations such as Friends of the Earth and War on Want. In both Europe and North America workers are against TTIP and it should now be our internationalist duty to oppose it.
TTIP is a trade agreement concocted in secret between the EU and the USA, similar to an agreement with Canada called CETA. Its aim is to fix the policy of privatisation in all countries for all time; it takes the warped anti-democratic doctrine of shared sovereignty to its conclusion. The treaty takes power away from democratically elected governments, and it is those governments along with politicians, financiers and assorted billionaires who have approved it. Any legislation is subject to scrutiny by a transtlantic authority, which can stop that which is deemed to hurt the interests of business.
The Trade Agreement sets up secret courts under the investor – state disputes mechanism, that allows huge corporations to sue nation states. A main aim of TTIP is to create new markets by opening up public services including health and education, and all government procurement. It will also do away with regulations that protect workers’ rights, safety rules, social and environmental standards, consumer protection, privacy laws and even the banking safeguards introduced after the financial crisis of 2008.
We have the chance to torpedo these undemocratic agreements that will cause so much damage, by comprehensively opposing the EU and campaigning for a No vote in the forthcoming referendum on the 23 June.
For more information view the following:
The Workers’ Forum – use TTIP link on our cloud (right of page)