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IoD members lukewarm on ISDS as Cameron gets desperate on TTIP

19 Nov 2014, by in International

According to the Guardian, David Cameron is going to ‘take the fight to unions’ on the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP), dismissing our concerns about undermining rights at work, consumer protection and environmental safeguards; giving overseas investors precedence over what elected governments do (investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS) and entrenching the privatisation of the…

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G20 update: What test do world leaders need to meet?

15 Nov 2014, by in International

As mentioned before, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady and I are in Brisbane for the G20 leaders’ summit. There’s a common consensus – including among several governments here – that Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has stuffed up the event (see below), but one of the taxi drivers we met asked the key question: what…

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G20/L20 update: Cameron speaks ‘Strine’ but misses out the ‘fair go’

14 Nov 2014, by in International

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has just addressed the Australian Parliament ahead of this weekend’s G20. He began with a bloke-y set of reflections on the long history of the UK-Australian relationship, full of traditional humorous references to Australian and British stereotypes and slang before talking terrorism and trade. But he shied away, throughout the…

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The curious question of who’s in favour of ISDS?

27 Oct 2014, by in International

Another day, another trade agreement, another argument about Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), the process by which foreign investors get to seek compensation if the actions of elected governments aren’t in the interests of those investors (never mind whether they’re in the interests of the people who elected the governments!) Last Thursday, Singapore blew the European Commission’s cover.…

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