Saturday, September 24, 2016

Stop TTIP and CETA in Ireland

It's been a while, life gets in the way, but this is important so listen up
The TTIP and CETA, you probably haven't heard of them, because they're being negociated in secret: 

Our local businesses, environment and democracy are under threat from a
trade deal currently being negotiated between the EU Commission and the USA.

The deal is called TTIP and could outlaw local authorities’ support of
local businesses, allow multinational corporations to sue us if councils
deny fracking permits and open up services like water, health and
education to privatisation.

What’s up for grabs are the rules and regulations that force
corporations to abide by standards that protect our health, our rights,
our jobs, services and the environment.

These regulations for example stop corporations releasing chemicals and
products into the market before they are proven to be safe.

They also make sure workers get their rights and that local communities
are protected from environmental disasters.

But if TTIP goes ahead corporations will get to have a say on policies
that govern our daily lives - before we or even politicians get to see them.

And if they don’t like the rules they will be able to sue governments
when they make changes or bring in new policies that could potentially
affect their profits.

Right now in Canada a fracking company Lone Pine Resources Inc., is
suing the government for its decision to not allow fracking in Quebec.
They are able to do this because of an ISDS clause in another trade deal.

In Egypt the government was sued by water company Veolia for attempting
to bring in a minimum wage. Germany is being sued by Swedish energy
company Vatenfall for €4.7 billion because of Germany's decision to
phase out nuclear power.

TTIP also removes barriers to US companies who want to sell their
products in Europe.

Right now the sale of US beef in Europe is very limited. Hormone
injected beef is banned outright.

Hundreds of councils across Europe have already said they don’t want
TTIP. Because of people power politicians are waking up to the threat
TTIP poses and to the fact that people aren’t going to stand aside and
let our democracy and rights be sold off.

Keep Wicklow TTPIP free petition, for my area, part of a councilperson by councilperson, county by county attempt to stop this thing.  If you're county doesn't have one, create one.  This is too important to sit on our hands over:

Peace and Hope


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