Stop anti-democratic TTIP treaty, Scottish trade unionists say

This video says about itself:

The truth behind the secret TTIP trade deal

29 January 2015

The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (or TTIP) is called a “trade treaty”. But if agreed, the TTIP would actually hand corporations the power to overturn democratically decided laws, on everything from environmental protections to food safety, through a system of regulatory cooperation and secret courts that only corporations would have access to.

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This video is a joint project of Campact, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), LobbyControl, Seattle to Brussels Network and SumOfUs.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

STUC 2015: ‘Outright opposition’ to TTIP declared

Wednesday 22nd April 2015

THE Scottish TUC declared “outright opposition” to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Treaty (TTIP) at Congress in Ayr yesterday.

Delegates unanimously called for the institutions of the European Union and its member states, including Britain, to stop the negotiations with the US and not to ratify the parallel EU-Canada Ceta deal.

Jane Carolan of Unison told Congress: “TTIP is a secret treaty, hidden from politicians and negotiated by EU officials in private, what does that do for democracy, transparency and accountability?

“TTIP poses a threat to democracy itself, through the proposed use of private quasi-judicial measures such as the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system.

“ISDS means multinationals can sue elected governments whose laws or actions are deemed to be contrary to the operation of the so-called free market and free trade.”

Tommy Brennan of North Lanarkshire TUC said TTIP, Ceta and ISDS represent “a transfer of power from democratically elected governments to private corporations on a scale never seen before.”

The STUC has committed to campaign against TTIP and will support grassroots protests against the trade deals planned for December in Paris.

OBAMA VS WARREN OVER TPP DEAL “President Barack Obama criticized Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and others who are opposed to a new trade deal that he is negotiating on Tuesday, saying that his opponents are simply wrong on the facts of the deal. Warren and other Democrats have raised concerns about the deal being negotiated with other 11 Pacific countries, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying that it could worsen income inequality and allow private companies to challenge domestic financial regulations before an international tribunal. Those challenges, Warren and other critics argue, could undermine key financial, environmental and other regulations.” [Sam Levine, HuffPost]

WARREN DIALS UP THE HEAT ON TPP DEAL After President Obama said the senator misunderstood the facts of the trade deal, Warren called for the full facts to be released, arguing that the administration was purposefully withholding unfavorable details from the public. [Sam Levine, HuffPost]

OBAMA, DEMS CONTINUE TO SPAR OVER TRADE DEALS “Democrats’ frustration with President Barack Obama’s trade agenda bubbled over Thursday, with key opponents accusing their party’s leader of putting more effort into a bid to aid corporate America than anything he’s done for the middle class. Calling it ‘maddening,’ Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told reporters that the Obama administration was putting on a full-court press unlike anything Democrats have ever seen in his presidency in order to win the authority to fast track enormous trade deals.” [Michael McAuliff and Laura Barron-Lopez, HuffPost]

19 thoughts on “Stop anti-democratic TTIP treaty, Scottish trade unionists say

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  2. ‘Last week, President Obama challenged Senator Elizabeth Warren and other critics of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. In response, Senator Warren and Senator Sherrod Brown joined Senator Bernie Sanders in demanding publication of the full TPP text, so everyone can see it and draw their own conclusions.

    Please join our friends at CREDO Action in urging President Obama to publish the full TPP text.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob Fertik

    CREDO action
    Stand with Senators Sanders, Warren, and Brown: President Obama must release full text of TPP

    Petition to President Obama:
    “We demand the immediate release of the full text of the latest draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to members of Congress, their staff, and the American public, before Congress votes to Fast Track the TPP.”

    Add your name:
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    Our campaign to pressure President Obama’s administration to immediately make all secret trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) just got a massive boost.

    President Obama is lashing out at activists and our elected representatives who have called for transparency around secret negotiations, calling us “dishonest.”

    In response Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown added their voices to Senator Bernie Sanders’ call for the Obama administration to immediately release the full text of the TPP. In a letter to the president, Senators Warren and Brown wrote:

    The American people should be allowed to weigh in on the facts of the TPP before Members of Congress are asked to voluntarily reduce our ability to amend, shape, or block any trade deal. The press and the public should be allowed to examine the details that corporate executives and lobbyists have already been allowed to influence for years. Members of Congress should be able to discuss the agreement with our constituents and to participate in a robust public debate instead of being muzzled by classification rules. Before Congress votes to facilitate the adoption of the TPP, the American public should be allowed to see for themselves whether it’s good deal for them.1

    Stand with Senators Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders: Add your name and tell President Obama to immediately release the full text of the TPP before Congress votes on Fast Track. Click here to sign the petition.

    Senators Warren and Brown sent the letter in response to the president’s recent attacks on progressive activists fighting to stop Congress from rubber-stamping a Fast Track bill for the biggest trade deal in our history. President Obama has even gone so far as to compare our objections to the deal being negotiated with corporations and foreign governments to Sarah Palin’s invocating of “death panels” during the health care debate.

    The Warren-Brown letter specifically points out that President Obama’s “trade transparency record is worse than that of former President George W. Bush,” noting that even Bush “published the full negotiation texts of a major free trade deal with Latin America several months before Congress had to vote on giving the deal fast track benefits.”2

    This letter gives our ongoing campaign to rally around Senator Bernie Sanders’ call for transparency on all pending trade deals a huge lift. We need to do our part by pushing even harder for transparency now.

    Add your name and tell President Obama to immediately release the full text of the TPP before Congress votes on Fast Track. Click here to sign the petition.

    It would be outrageous for the Obama administration to allow the Republican leadership and their corporate allies within the Democratic party to ram through Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority without allowing all members of Congress, their staff, and the American public to read what is in trade agreements such as the TPP. And as Senators Warren and Brown point out, it would be worse than George W. Bush!

    In fact, the reason why the corporate lobby is pushing hard for Fast Track is that they know the TPP could not get through Congress without this extraordinary power grab.

    This secret “trade” deal would eviscerate broad swaths of regulations that protect consumers, workers, the environment and the soundness of our financial system. And it would set up a legal regime where corporate profits trump the policy priorities of sovereign governments.

    It’s ironic that the president claims critics of the TPP “don’t know what they’re talking about” when it’s his administration that is refusing to release the text of his secret trade agreement to the public – only providing extremely limited access to members of Congress. The Obama administration should immediately release the TPP text to the public, and Congress, so we can have a spirited and informed public debate on the largest trade deal in our history.

    Stand with Senators Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, and Bernie Sanders: Add your name and tell President Obama to immediately release the full text of the TPP before Congress votes on Fast Track. Click the link below to sign the petition.

    Thank you for your activism.

    Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director
    CREDO Action from Working Assets

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    1. “Letter from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown to President Obama, April 25. 2015.
    2. “Zach Carter, “Elizabeth Warren Tells Obama To Put Up Or Shut Up On Trade,”, April 25, 2015.

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