Protests are planned in more than 15 towns and cities across the UK on Saturday 12 July against the trade deal currently being negotiated between the EU and the US.
David Cameron is pushing hard for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which critics have described as a ‘corporate power-grab’. Negotiators will meet in Brussels on Tuesday 15th July in an attempt to reach an agreement on the most contentious proposals in the deal.
Details of the protests and the trades unions and campaign groups involved can be found here.
Where: Protest departs from Department for Business, Energy and Skills, 1 Victoria St, SW1H 0ET, for an undisclosed location
When: 12.30pm, Saturday 12 July
Several hundred people are expected to join the London demonstration. Protestors will stage a ‘corporate puppet show’ with puppeteers on stilts representing big business and ‘puppets’ dressed as nurses to highlight the threat the deal poses to public services like the NHS. They will also play a ‘People v. Big Business’ football match with the odds stacked in favour of the business team.
Edinburgh city centre will see a corporate robot flashmob, while Brighton protestors will hold a boxing contest between corporations and citizens’ rights.
Opponents of the deal believe it threatens to bring increased privatisation of schools and the NHS, the slashing of food and environmental rules to match much lower American standards, and up to a million job losses across the UK, the rest of Europe and the US. The deal would also hand big companies significant new powers, allowing them to sue governments for decisions they believed might reduce their profits.
Nick Dearden, director of the World Development Movement, said today:
“This deal would hand multinational companies unprecedented powers over life in this country, including the ability to sue a future government for billions of pounds if they didn’t like its decisions. David Cameron waxes lyrical about national sovereignty, but in pushing for this deal he is wilfully handing sovereignty to big business. The deal is not really about trade, it’s about entrenching the position of the one percent. It should be abandoned.”
More than 50 organisations are supporting the protests, including the World Development Movement, Friends of the Earth, War on Want, Unison and Occupy London.