The biggest free trade agreement in history, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is being negotiated between the European Commission on behalf of member states and the US government. With tariffs between the two blocks already low, the d …

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The biggest free trade agreement in history, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is being negotiated between the European Commission on behalf of member states and the US government. With tariffs between the two blocks already low, the deal is likely to focus on non-tariff barriers to trade such as “harmonising” regulations.

This means workers rights, safety standards and environmental protections are in the firing line.

A number of UK unions, including GMB, PCS, UCU, Unison and Unite have already expressed their opposition to TTIP and their support for the day of action.

This video explains it all

EU-US Free Trade Agreement TTIP or TAFTA from Joe Mobbs on Vimeo.

Under TTIP, corporations will be able to sue governments for restraining their ability to trade – but governments won’t be able to sue corporations.

This is a plan to enshrine corporate dominance.

Our public services, food, environment and democracy are under threat from greedy corporate hands. The EU-US trade deal (TTIP) is threatening to be the biggest corporate power grab in a decade.

There is a day of action across the UK on 12 July – take part in a city near you.


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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