Tell MEPs: Defend workers, consumers, animals and the environment from TTIP

The European Parliament will soon debate and vote on a report on the controversial TTIP trade agreement that is being negotiated between the EU and the US (Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership). MEPs aren’t negotiating the deal themselves, but this vote is a crucial opportunity for our elected representatives to tell the European Commission’s negotiation team not to do a deal that’s bad for people’s rights, protections and public services.

Unless the negotiators are told in no uncertain terms that it would be unacceptable, TTIP could lead to more public services being privatised and it could make reversing that impossible.

It could allow foreign companies to sue governments for actions that would affect their profits or even their expectations of future profits, through the notorious Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). In the past companies have used ISDS to sue countries that increased minimum wages, introduced healthcare regulations or protected the environment.

It could erode workers’ rights, environmental, animal welfare and consumer protection standards in both the Europe and the USA, bringing those standards down to the lower of the two.

It doesn’t have to be this way. The more people that express concerns now, the more impact we will have. Please sign now to send a letter to your MEPs.

All MEPs need to hear that their constituents want them to support enforceable workers’ rights; oppose compromise alternatives to ISDS that aren’t much better, and insist on no lowering of regulatory standards.

This debate and vote have already been put back from the original 10 June plan, so we know politicians are aware just how divisive the issue is.

Dear [MEP],

You have the chance to give the European Commission and the Governments of Europe a clear indication of what the representatives of Europe's people want them to do, and I hope you will cast your votes in the public interest.

The most important votes will concern Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS.) I am opposed to a special court system solely for foreign investors, and therefore oppose ISDS in particular but also all compromise 'alternatives' which provide privileged access to dispute settlement for one group alone, rather than domestic courts and state-state dispute settlement.

I urge you to vote against the compromise ISDS amendment that has been introduced. Should the final report include ISDS or the compromise amendment I would urge you to reject it in the final vote, but if the final report excludes ISDS then MEPs should definitely support the report in the final vote, to send a clear mission to the EU's TTIP negotiators.

Secondly, I am concerned about public services, especially the NHS and health and education. Voters should decide what is and is not part of the public sector, through their democratically-elected governments. The best way to do this is to use the 'positive list' approach, and I urge you to vote for Amendment 13 and support any other moves which replace 'hybrid' or 'negative' lists with 'positive' lists.

I also want the European Parliament to express support for no lowering of regulatory standards for workers, consumers, animal welfare or the environment, as well as binding and enforceable ILO standards, as already provided for in the INTA report you will be voting on.

[Your comments]

Please let me know how you intend to vote on the above, and why.

[Your name]
[Your address]

Update #38 years ago
Thanks for helping lobby the European Parliament on the TTIP EU/US trade deal.
The votes are in now. Sadly the support we had from MEPs wasn't enough to win a stronger position against controversial ISDS corporate court plans.
But public pressure played a huge role in other gains. Nearly 75,000 of you signed the petition, with thousands of emails to MEPs.
The campaign goes on & we know now it's one we can win. Find out more about the result and what’s next
Update #28 years ago
Dear friends, thanks again for supporting our TTIP trade deal petition.

Worrying news today is that a last-minute compromise has removed MEPs’ chances to strike out the controversial Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) from the deal.

MEPs will now vote only on a kind of ISDS-lite. It sounds better but would still give companies special rights to sue elected governments if they think they could lose profits.

Read more about this and take action now
Update #18 years ago
Dear friends, thanks again for signing our petition on the TTIP trade deal.

Later today, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström hosts a Trade Policy Day in Brussels. The TUC’s Frances O’Grady is there and has written a blog on the links between the ‘zombie deals’ TTIP, CETA & TiSA, that just keep stumbling on.

They may take a lot of stopping, but we can stop them! Please share the petition with your friends. It’s over 60,000 already!
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