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
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
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: