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Why investor protection matters so much in trade deals

05 Jul 2015, by in International

The European Parliament will vote at last on Wednesday (unless the vote is postponed again, until the autumn) on the most toxic element of modern trade deals: investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Like the rest of the European trade union movement, we’re calling on MEPs to exclude ISDS, and ISDS-lite from trade deals. Some people say…

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#TTIP news: 10 reasons why the latest #ISDS compromise is a bad deal

02 Jul 2015, by in International

Yesterday the Socialists & Democrats Group in the European Parliament voted 56-34 to endorse a compromise amendment to the Parliament’s draft resolution on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP, the EU-US trade deal), covering the controversial issue of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). The compromise was opposed by UK Labour MEPs, and has dismayed Green and…

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EU putting business interests above others

23 Jun 2015, by in International

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady was in Brussels last week for the European Trade Union Confederation executive committee. The executive dealt with many issues of concern to British trade unionists, but none more serious than the concerted effort to restrict and reduce regulatory protections (known as ‘red tape’ by deregulators who think the market always…

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Kicking the trade agreements can down the road

16 Jun 2015, by in International

Trade deals are stalled due to popular pressure In both the European Parliament and Congress. What’s going on? When the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations were launched in 2013, veteran Tory politician Ken Clarke MP said that the deal needed to be done quickly. Chief US negotiator Mike Froman said he hoped it…

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#TTIP with the US comes second: #CETA with Canada comes first

14 Jun 2015, by in International

Trade deals haven’t been so high profile since the 1999 ‘battle for Seattle’, when the World Trade Organisation was met with a wave of anti-globalisation protests. In the US, first the Senate then the House of Representatives have seen pitched battles over ‘Fast Track’ measures designed to allow the Obama administration to negotiate trade deals without…

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MEPs urge Congress to allow climate action in trade deals

12 Jun 2015, by in Environment

Today, the US House of Representatives is debating whether to allow President Obama authority to negotiate trade deals for the next 6 years without significant Congressional scrutiny. In what is normally referred to as the ‘fast track’ procedure, the House will be asked to agree a mandate for trade negotiations such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)…

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#TTIP vote postponed: blow to G7 hopes of an early EU-US trade deal

09 Jun 2015, by in International

This afternoon, we heard that the votes in the European Parliament due for Wednesday lunchtime on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) had been postponed. Various reasons for the postponement have been given, and there are different explanations of what the postponement means (we don’t even know when the European Parliament will get to vote.) A…

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