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Carthy discusses EU-US trade deal implications with SIPTU Healthcare representatives

8 April, 2016 - by Matt Carthy MEP

The Sinn Féin MEP for Midlands North West and the party’s spokesperson on TTIP, Matt Carthy, has said he was extremely pleased with the meeting he held with SIPTU Healthcare representatives in the European Parliament this week. 

During the meeting Mr. Carthy and the SIPTU representatives discussed the potential negative implications of the proposed EU-US trade deal, TTIP, the upcoming EU-Canada trade deal, CETA, and the inclusion of undemocratic Investor Court mechanisms to be included in both.

Speaking after the meeting, Matt Carthy MEP said,

"As the trade deal between Canada and the EU, which is known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) looms closer the campaigns to halt both it and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the US need to be strengthened.

"All sections of society need to be made aware of the implications of these potential agreements particularly the very dangerous inclusion of Investment Court mechanisms which have the potential to undermine public services, environment standards, workers' rights as well as the right to public ownership of strategic infrastructure and services.  As it stands, due to the secrecy of the negotiations at EU level and the failures of the outgoing Government to defend Irelands interests, Irish people have been largely kept in the dark on these important matters.

"Therefore I very much welcome the proactive engagement by the trade union movement as evidenced by the SIPTU Healthcare representatives who travelled to Brussels this week to learn more about trade developments.  I was delighted to welcome them to the European Parliament and to outline Sinn Féin’s position that we will not support any trade deal that includes unnecessary and undemocratic Investment court provisions or that are not in Ireland’s best interests.

"Despite the serious nature of the discussion and the potential disastrous implications these trade deals hold, it was a really positive meeting.  The SIPTU delegates were extremely well informed and are a credit to the workers they represent.  We agreed that we would work together on these matters and challenge the new Irish government to protect Ireland’s interests during the course of the negotiations and to inform the Irish public of the details of TTIP & CETA.

"I, along with my Sinn Féin colleagues in the European Parliament, the Dail and the Stormont Assembly have been front and centre in the campaign against the regressive EU trade agenda and we now look forward to working with organisations such as SIPTU to heighten opposition across the island.  We want to develop a fair, progressive, economically sustainable trade policy that benefits everyone in society.  The campaign to the end must intensify in the coming weeks and months."


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