EU to sacrifice public services and farmers in TTIP talks

28 April 2016 - 12:30pm
Press release

News coming out of the 13th round of secretive negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) taking place in New York this week reveals the new level of threat the deal poses to jobs and public services.

The EU has indicated that it is prepared to sacrifice public services and sensitive tariffs on agriculture in exchange for the USA opening up its public procurement markets – a move which would cause significant loss of jobs.

War on Want Senior Trade Campaigner Mark Dearn said: “The EU is finally admitting that under TTIP Europe’s public services are up for grabs. We now learn that is also willing to destroy EU farmers’ livelihoods by allowing in cheaper US produce in order to satisfy big business greed.”

TTIP talks are currently beset by deadlocks, with governments blaming each other for a lack of progress while public support plummets on both sides of the Atlantic.

Dearn said: “Popular opposition to TTIP grows daily, with over 90,000 people recently taking to the streets of Hanover in protest and more than 150,000 British people calling on Barack Obama to end TTIP negotiations.

 “In recent weeks it’s become clear that TTIP is in real trouble, with governments warning that its failure is a real possibility. Now is the time to pull the plug on this dodgy deal.”

 

Notes to editors

For further information and interviews, contact John Hilary on +44 7983 550727 or Mark Dearn on +44 7804 289680

For more information on the current ‘state of play’ of TTIP negotiations, visit: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2016/april/tradoc_154477.pdf

 

Latest news

Comment: Supreme Court must find for worker's rights in gig economy case

20 February 2018 - 11:30am

Speaking ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on the ‘Pimlico Plumbers’ Gig Economy Case, Owen Espley Labour Rights campaigner at War on Want said:

“The supreme court case must confirm what many courts have already decided, that claiming these workers were self-employed is a ploy to dodge taxes and deny worker’s rights, such as holiday and sick pay.

Read more

War on Want's commitment to safeguarding and code of conduct

16 February 2018 - 10:30am

The recent reports regarding the conduct of staff working for international humanitarian and development charities focussing on Oxfam, is a crucial reminder of the importance that charities should place on ensuring effective policies and practices in safeguarding, including commitments to recognise and uphold the dignity of local communities that the sector works with.

Read more

Join the conversation

THIS FRIDAY: Don't miss @BZephaniah live at #SoundsofResistance – dedicated to the ongoing struggle of the Palestin… https://t.co/cV6hinFs4U 17 hours 19 min ago
This #SocialJusticeDay, focused on workers on the move, we must pledge to #StandWithMigrantWorkers and demand equal… https://t.co/6BkjHdh8r7 18 hours 16 min ago
This #SocialJusticeDay, #StandWithMigrantWorkers and demand that all workers get their basic rights at work respect… https://t.co/3GtuIVNT1d 19 hours 36 min ago