POA Circulars

39 | 26.05.2015

How will your MEP vote on TTIP?

The European Parliament will vote soon (maybe as early as Monday 8 June) on a resolution on the controversial TTIP trade agreement between the EU and the US (Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership).

MEPs won't decide on TTIP themselves, but this vote is a crucial opportunity for our elected representatives to tell the European Commission’s negotiators that they must not negotiate trade deals that are bad for working people.

Please click link below to write to your MEP: 

http://act.goingtowork.org.uk/page/speakout/how-will-your-mep-vote-on-ttip-

The POA along with the TUC is opposed to TTIP because of the many threats it poses. In particular we are worried that it will cost jobs, reduce workplace rights and threaten regulations that protect workers.

TTIP could also open up more public services to privatisation and make reversing that more difficult, as well as allow foreign companies to sue governments for actions considered to be against their interests, through the notorious Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). In the past ISDS has been used by companies to sue governments for increasing minimum wages, renationalising their health services and protecting the environment.

It doesn’t have to be this way. TTIP is a long way from being concluded, and the more people that express concerns, the more impact we will have.

I want all POA members to write to British MEPs (as trade unionists around Europe are also doing in their own countries) calling on them to make sure the TTIP resolution includes:

  • defence of workers’ rights;
  • protection for public services;
  • removal of ISDS and special courts for foreign investors; and
  • no reduction in regulatory protections for workers, consumers or the environment.

 

The European Parliament vote is our biggest opportunity yet to make our concerns known.

The more letters they get, the more likely it will be that they will ensure EU trade policy works for the people, not just for private business interests.

Yours sincerely

 


STEVE GILLAN
General Secretary