- About bilaterals.org
- How to participate
- Key issues
- Texts of agreements
Trade unions oppose privileged rights for Big Business in EU-Canada trade deal
4Traders | 25 November 2013
ETUC - European Trade Union Confederation : Trade unions oppose privileged rights for Big Business in EU-Canada trade deal / Investor-state dispute settlement on negotiating table this week
On 18 October 2013, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper announced the conclusion of the negotiations on a European Union-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
This "next generation" free trade agreement will include a controversial and unnecessary investor-to-state dispute settlement process (ISDS). In spite of the 18 October EU-Canada deal, negotiations on investment protection and ISDS continue.
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) strongly opposes the inclusion of ISDS in CETA, and the subsequent creation of a parallel court system which allows multinationals to sue and threaten governments with heavy costs for doing their democratic job of regulating their societies and economies. Both the EU member states and Canada are advanced societies with functioning legal systems allowing adequate opportunities for investors, whether domestic or foreign, to defend their interests. ISDS is too often use to ’freeze’ government action and block improvements in social and employment standards. CETA would be the first EU trade agreement to include ISDS.
In January this year, the ETUC and its Canadian counterpart CLC signed a joint position on the CETA negotiations, stressing "It is imperative that the failings of the NAFTA are not replicated, let alone aggravated, by any future CETA. This applies to investor rights in the first instance. We oppose the inclusion of an investor-state arbitration mechanism in the agreement. We concur with the European Parliament’s assessment that "a state to state dispute settlement mechanism and the use of local judicial remedies are the most appropriate tools to address investment disputes".
The full ETUC-CLC position is available here: http://www.etuc.org/IMG/pdf/CLC_ETUC_final.pdf
bilaterals.org and a new ISDS (investor-state dispute settlement) platform to be hosted at bilaterals.org seek to hire a coordinator for their work. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in working on a full-time, paid basis to support people’s struggles against so-called free trade and investment deals globally, through a job share for two separate but complementary projects.
Find out more.
News from the movements
2-Sep-2015 Flush the TPPThe outcome of such a process, based on what we know so far, is what one might reasonably expect: “a wishlist of the 1%–a worldwide corporate power”.
1-Sep-2015 Prensa RuralEl libre comercio se predica como el arreglo óptimo para expandir la producción, reducir los costos de ésta y, como tal, reducir los precios del consumo, lo que en el largo plazo incrementaría la igualdad en el ingreso. Todo esto puede ser cierto. Nunca lo sabremos, puesto que nunca de los nuncas hemos conocido un mundo de libre comercio.
1-Sep-2015 Third World NetworkLess well known than the notorious Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is engendering growing opposition because of its similar oppressive provisions.
31-Aug-2015 Global Justice NowIn the UK and across Europe, TTIP Free Zones are popping up like people power mushrooms.
28-Aug-2015 ALAIOrganizaciones sindicales, sociales y civiles llaman a crear un frente amplio versus políticas de libre comercio.
27-Aug-2015 Blastingnews.comUna Iniciativa Ciudadana Europea pide apoyos para frenar el TTIP y el CETA.
26-Aug-2015 TNIWhile TTIP is currently the center of attention, our world leaders discuss TiSA, an extensive service agreement meant to put (public) services, like the water supply, in the hands of the international market.
25-Aug-2015 Rojo y Negro
Del 10 al 17 de octubre unámonos a las marchas, manifestaciones masivas y organicemos acciones locales por toda EuropaDel 10 al 17 de octubre unámonos a las marchas, manifestaciones masivas y organicemos acciones locales por toda Europa y América del Norte. ¡No al TTIP, CETA, TPP y TISA!
bilaterals.org is a collaborative space to share information and support movements struggling against bilateral trade and investment deals which serve corporations, not people. Multilingual. Global. No one owns it. Open publishing. Get involved.