Recently we wrote about two giant investment treaties being secretly negotiated between governments and corporations, the EU-US TTIP and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The IUF brochure Trade Deals That Threaten Democracy exposed the co …

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Recently we wrote about two giant investment treaties being secretly negotiated between governments and corporations, the EU-US TTIP and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The IUF brochure Trade Deals That Threaten Democracy exposed the corporate power grab behind these two mega-treaties and the huge impact they would have on our lives and on future generations. We asked for your support to expose and defeat these instruments for enforcing corporate rule.

TTIP and TPPA are not the only treaties being cooked up secretly. A new report from Public Services International exposes the threat to public services in the secret negotiations around the proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) driven by a group of countries calling themselves “The really good friends of services” whose rich core includes the US, EU, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and South Korea.

TISA, the report shows, would build on the work of the WTO and bilateral trade and investment agreements to open wider for privatization and deregulation such essential services as education, health, water and transport and make it impossible for governments to reverse privatizations and restore these services to public control even where private ownership has failed. TISA would impose new obstacles to public interest regulation to protect workers, consumers and the environment and block initiatives to regulate global finance.

“Public services”, says IUF General Secretary Ron Oswald, “are workers’ unique form of accumulated wealth – unique because it is public – in an increasingly unequal world, and must be staunchly defended.”

You can download the report here. We urge you to read it, distribute it, spread the word in your unions and in your communities, and tell your political representatives “No to TISA, no to trade deals that threaten democracy!”


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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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