By Anthony Connor
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a two-pronged ‘free trade’ agreement currently under secret negotiation by Europe, America and powerful industry lobbies.
According to its supporters the TTIP will boost economic growth and create jobs, Direct Democracy Ireland reject these claims as in reality it represents a corporate assault on our health, food safety, public services and the ecosystems we rely upon as Irish citizens.
This is because the TTIP is designed to ‘harmonise’ regulations and standards (regarded as ‘trade irritants’ by industry) between the Europe and America. Since the Europe has much stronger trade regulations protecting public health, food safety, and the environment, this ‘harmonisation’ really means deregulation in Europe; reducing protections for the environment and public health, in favour of exploiting them for corporate profits.
One example is flooding the Irish Market with previously banned American beef, unlabelled and not fit for sale under our current system, But under TTIP will be ready available for human consumption. This as well as all our natural resources will be all become fair game including our Water. Our future generations need us to make a stand against this oppression
If it is successful the TTIP will also place transnational corporations above the law, giving them new powers that undermine democracy and the ability of governments to control them. And The Labour Party much to their shame fully supports this. Europe and America have finalised TTIP and now want to force it upon us in the very near future, so it is vital that we understand and resist this threat to our health, ecosystems and common heritage.
The movement against TTIP is building in Ireland and abroad, there are plenty of organiations, unions and political parties organising in the fight to prevent this corporate tidal wave. Direct Democracy Ireland is calling for those same groups to sand together against the TTIP agreement. And have called for the release of a joint statement. We would urge people to contact their local elected officials and make them aware of concerns you have about TTIP.