Workers Uniting Says It Will Oppose TTIP If Labour Standards Are Not Strengthend

UnknownWorkers Uniting the global union created in 2008 by Unite in the UK and Ireland and the United Steelworkers in the USA and Canada say they will oppose the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal if Labour standards in the deal are not strengthened and other concerns about the deal are not addressed.

The three million member trans-Atlantic union at its board meeting in London on March 24th issued a call to European Union and U.S. trade negotiators to strengthen social and labour protections in the proposed Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

“We view TTIP as a threat to the rights of workers in Europe,” said Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union in the UK and Ireland. “We can’t afford to import America’s low labour rights standards.”

“American and European workers deserve a better deal,” said Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers (USW), which represents workers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. “Our governments’ narrow focus on greater protections for companies must be transformed to include expanded rights and protections for workers.”

Workers Uniting called for the TTIP to include a tax on financial transactions to support social programmes – a measure already endorsed by 11 European countries.

They also demanded that the European Works Council directive, chemical safety standards, and other European social legislation be expanded to include American workers and that existing procurement regimes be left intact and that public services be excluded from TTIP.

The statement also rejected the proposed Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement, noting that Germany and France oppose this provision as well.

Workers Uniting joins a chorus of opposition from trade unions, including the powerful German metalworkers union, IG Metall to the current TTIP negotiations.

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1 Response to Workers Uniting Says It Will Oppose TTIP If Labour Standards Are Not Strengthend

  1. Never believe a politician they say and this is very true here. What is to stop them adding the NHS at any time? Just look at Canada for a single example of what happens and where they are being sued for $250 million by an American Multinational because they are not allowing Fracking to go forward just for the time being. Are we all mad including our politicians to see what flood gates the taxpayer will be open for?

    This TTIP has to be stopped. For once it is signed it is forever and where corporate
    and political power together knows no bounds as history has clearly shown with
    wars and human suffering.

    With a 30-year moratorium on the release of any of the documents, the TTIP
    stinks from the very start. For if everything was above board, why 30-years and
    where there is certainly something very sinister about this secretive trade

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