Please Take Action to Stop the TTIP

A new wave of corporate trade deals threaten to increase global inequality, undermine democracy and hand public service provision to multinational companies. One such deal is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the USA and the EU, which is a dangerous blueprint that must be stopped before it is rolled out around the world
Action Development Movement
secret politiciansOn the 11th October thousands of people throughout the EU demonstrated against the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership TTIP.

You can still make your voice heard by taking the actions below including signing an EU wide petition .

If this agreement goes through as it is corporations will have even more power than they have already.

Behind closed doors with barely a mention from the media the EU and the USA are negotiating a new trade deal that would transfer power from the public to unaccountable corporations

This agreement will undermine regulations that protect workers rights, consumer rights and the environment. It could mean the end of the NHS and loss of millions of jobs. This deal is good for big business but a disaster for working people, our democracy and our freedom.

TTIP could:

  • Give new powers for corporations to sue governments;
  • Lead to more privatisation of public services like the NHS and education;
  • Weaken workers’ rights and put millions of jobs at risk;
  • Reduce environmental protection and food safety regulation
  • Be a new blueprint for future trade deals around the world

http://www.wdm.org.uk/

In effect corporations would have the power to sue government for millions if they enact polices that threaten profits.

Here is what has happened in other countries where there have been similar agreements such as Egypt where the government is being sued for £50 million for raising the minimum wage.

Following three years of recession, half of Argentina’s population was living below the poverty line. When the economy collapsed the government froze energy prices to protect people from spiralling bills. Seeing a threat to their profits, energy companies like EDF sued Argentina for millions of pounds.

 

  1. Egypt is currently being sued by Veolia for raising the minimum wage and stands to lose $80million as a consequence.
  2. Last year, Slovakia was forced to pay over €22million to Dutch insurer Achmea when it attempted to introduce public health insurance.
  3. Argentina was successfully sued for over $1billion by water and electricity companies (including EDF) for freezing utility prices.
  4. Canada is being sued for $500 million by big American drug company, Eli Lilly, who claims a Canadian court’s decision to reject a patent on one of their drugs (because it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do) is depriving them of “expected future profits”.

Read More:
https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/morten-thaysen/are-we-reaching-ttip-tipping-point

Take Action

There are a number of ways to help stop this corporate power grab, please take as many actions as you can.

Please take the following actions:

Petitions

EU: PUT A STOP TO TTIP AND CETA
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/eu-ttip-petition?#petition

Stop the corporate power grab – petition
http://action.wdm.org.uk/ea-campaign/action.retrievestaticpage.do?ea_static_page_id=3521

Please sign both these petitions, our health care is under threat in a deal that could permanently  privatize the NHS. This would mean that promises by Labour to re-nationalise parts of the NHS recently privatised by the Tories, and to freeze energy prices may never happen without the risk that the government could be sued, which means of course that we the Tax payers foot the bill. In addition to increasing the basic minimum wage already mentioned TTIP agreement would undermine worker’s rights such as the right to collective bargaining and the right to a holiday. It could make fracking more likely as a result of the reversal of environmental regulations.

Basically this agreement gives corporations control over government policy undermining democracy.

Send a message to your MP

New trade deals threaten to increase global inequality, undermine democracy and hand public services to multinational companies.

Please write to your MP today.

Stop the next corporate takeover – please write to your MP:
http://action.wdm.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1784&ea.campaign.id=25786

Or use your own e-mail or write a letter:
http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/contacting-your-mp/

Write to you EMP

You could write to your EMP:

Click the link to find your EMPs for your region, you will have more than one.
http://www.europarl.org.uk/en/your_meps.html#shadowbox/1/b

More information

Please read the Following from 38 degrees:

A deal that could permanently privatise our NHS is being negotiated in secret right now. It’s called the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership, or TTIP for short, and this EU-US trade deal is one of the most dangerous ever written. [1]

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have the power to scupper it. But first they need to feel the pressure from the people they represent – us, the public. Can you add your name to a huge EU-wide petition and help convince them? Click here to sign:

SIGN THE PETITION

Last weekend, thousands of 38 Degrees members where out on the streets campaigning against TTIP and collecting signatures for this petition.

The shady deal would allow big corporations to sue our government if they don’t like our laws. Simply raising minimum wage could drag our government into a lawsuit that could cost taxpayers millions. [2] The same sort of deal is being negotiated with Canada called CETA. [3]

Both of these massive deals have been negotiated behind closed doors. Now people across Europe are uniting to force them out into the open.

If TTIP and CETA can be pushed to the top of the political agenda in the EU, then MEPs will be forced to say whether they support it or not. Your signature, along with hundreds of thousands of others from countries including Germany, France and Italy, can help move these dangerous deals into the spotlight.

There are millions of 38 Degrees members in the UK alone, and there’s millions more people across Europe who want to stop TTIP. Will you add your name? Please click the link to sign the petition:https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/ttip-eu

Working across borders which usually divide us can have a really powerful impact. This pettion is organised by 240 organisations and signed by people from all 28 EU countries. We may all live in different places and speak different languages – but together, we all stand against TTIP, and that sends a strong message. [4]

[1] Independent: British sovereignty ‘at risk’ from EU-US trade deal: UK in danger of surrendering judicial independence to multinational corporations:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/british-sovereignty-at-risk-from-euus-trade-deal-uk-in-danger-of-surrendering-judicial-independence-to-multinational-corporations-warn-activists-9057318.html
[2] Touchstone: Special courts for foreign investors have no place in trade deals:
http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2013/11/special-courts-for-foreign-investors-have-no-place-in-trade-deals/
[3] Short briefing on CETA, by Nick Dearden, Director of World Development Movement:
http://wdm.org.uk/trade/short-briefing-ceta
[4] Stop TTIP: Supporting organisations:
http://stop-ttip.org/supporting-organisations/

 

 

 

 

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