This video from England says about itself:
Linda Kaucher: Stop CETA protest, 70 Fleet St London, 25/09/2015, Pt 1
27 September 2015
The EU-Canada trade deal CETA will allow foreign investors to sue governments in secret tribunals for policies that threaten their profits. Members of the European Parliament will vote soon on whether to accept the deal. Our MEPs must understand that the huge public anger voiced around the EU-US TTIP deal hasn’t gone away. They should reject the dangerous and undemocratic CETA.
Why is this important?
It’s one year since Canada and the EU agreed a trade deal known as CETA (the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement).
CETA hasn’t entered into law yet – first it needs to be voted through European and national parliaments – but this could happen as soon as early next year. This is much sooner than the EU-US trade deal TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), which is still being negotiated.
The text of CETA is public and reveals that it contains a lot of the same threats as TTIP. It would make it easier for bad deals like TTIP to be successful. This is why, when CETA comes to the European Parliament, we need our MEPs to vote against it.
Reasons to stop CETA include:
– The agreement contains Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), which allows foreign investors to sue governments for policies they regard as threatening future profits. This could include minimum wage policies, environmental protection, and renationalising public transport, health and education services.
– US investors with bases in Canada will be able to sue our governments for billions too – so they wouldn’t need TTIP‘s ISDS to do damage. 80% of US companies operating in the EU have bases in Canada.
– CETA contains no such provisions for workers’ rights: no compensation, no enforcement, and certainly no secret tribunals!
This video is the sequel.
By Peter Lazenby in Britain:
Leave Ceta to rot says zombie rally
Saturday 29th october 2016
The costumed protesters from the Global Justice Now movement were targeting the London office of the European Commission, which is trying to revive the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) between the EU and Canada.
Like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a parallel deal between the EU and the US, Ceta would give corporations the power to sue governments in a corporate court for any loss of profits — real or potential — caused by legislation such as minimum wage laws, limits on working hours and health and safety rules.
Until Thursday, Ceta was blocked by opposition from the Belgian region of Wallonia, but, following significant concessions to the regional parliament, ratification is now expected to take place within days.
Global Justice Now director Nick Dearden said: “Essentially the EU’s trade policy now lies in tatters.
“It is true that Ceta has been brought back from the dead for now, but it is a ticking time bomb.
“The Wallonia parliament has a promise that they will be able to stop the ratification of Ceta when they get a formal vote on it, and unless there are substantial changes, they — and hopefully other parliaments — will use that veto.
“What’s more, the whole ‘corporate court’ concept will now go to the highest European court to adjudicate on its legality, something which risks invalidating the EU’s entire trade agenda.”
Mr Dearden condemned the British government for not allowing a parliamentary debate on Ceta.
European and Canadian civil society groups call for rejection of CETA: here.
The European Union (EU) and Japan last week agreed in principle to ratify a free trade agreement (FTA) that is seen as a pointed challenge to the Trump administration’s “America First” nationalism and threats of trade war. Despite being hyped as a victory for free trade over protectionism, the FTA signals the accelerating division of the world into competing trade blocs and the growing danger of trade conflict and war: here.