13 thoughts on “TTIP trade deal will cause more unemployment

  1. TOMORROW will see a private member’s Bill put forward by Clive Efford MP, who will try to stop privatisation in the NHS and exempt it from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

    The support for this Bill is huge and welcome but we need to go a bit further on TTIP.

    Last Monday, David Cameron, who had already called for a rocket booster to be put under the TTIP talks, bizarrely claimed that the British economy would benefit by £10bn through this highly secretive trade deal between the European Union and the US.

    We should not only be very wary of such claims but recognise that the agenda of TTIP is the privatisation of public services, the destruction of the European-style welfare state and a weakening of employment protection legislation that has been so hard fought for by generations of trade unionists.

    At yesterday’s Prime Minister’s question time David Cameron announced his pride in the fact that this government has cut £83 billion from the welfare budget, claiming that 500,000 more people are in work than three years ago.

    He failed to mention that the new jobs being created on the back of the tsunami of public-sector cuts are on lower wages, often on zero-hours contracts and with much worse working conditions, thus creating the next generation of impoverished pensioners.

    In the run-up to the general election Labour must abandon attempts to ape the Tories on immigration or benefits.

    Ed Miliband, in his fightback speech last week, delivered a welcome defence of the NHS and an attack on inequality, zero-hours contracts and insecure employment.

    For all the complaints made by Myleene Klass about the alleged inequity of a mansion tax, we should remember that there are more than 660,000 people who are currently being penalised by the bedroom tax.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-7cd8-Disgrace-of-the-narco-state#.VG26G8neies

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