Across the country, local councils are standing up and calling for an end to the controversial TTIP trade deal which would increase the power of multinational corporations at the expense of workers’ rights, environmental protection and local democracy.
On Tuesday 10th November Green Councillors will take a motion to Council, calling for Bristol to join the TTIP free zone, as part of the Global Justice Now campaign against TTIP.
Councillor Anna McMullen, who tabled the motion to Council said:
“Workers’ rights are being attacked on all sides. While the trade union bill threatens to further undermine the ability of the unions to protect their workers, the TTIP trade deal threatens to undermine labour standards across Europe. The deal could also prevent local authorities from choosing to allow environmental and social considerations, such as choosing to buy fairtrade or organic, when awarding contracts.”
Greens have been fighting TTIP at local, national and EU level. South West MEP Molly Scott Cato has been working with Green politicians from across Europe to oppose the deal in the European Parliament commented:
“Over three million European citizens have called for the EU to stop negotiating this trade deal in their name. I would be delighted if Bristol Council added its name to the many opposing TTIP.
Earlier this year I was allowed to see the “top secret” TTIP documents, which EU citizens have been prevented from seeing, but only after I was required to sign a document swearing me to secrecy. This means I am not allowed to disclose what I have seen. However I can say that the experience did not leave me with any sense of reassurance, either that the process of negotiating this trade deal is democratic, or that the negotiators are operating on behalf of citizens. TTIP is a corporate charter and we must do all we can against this treaty that is a serious threat to our democracy, workers’ rights and our environmental standards.”
Councillor McMullen continued: “We feel it is wrong that deals are being made that will restrict national and local government’s ability to conduct its own affairs, and yet no Councillors or MPs are allowed to scrutinise the documents or input into the negotiations”.
FULL COUNCIL MOTION – 10 NOVEMBER 2015
This council notes:
This council believes that:
This council resolves:
Motion to be moved by Cllr McMullen
Date of submission: 30 October 2015
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