Quinlivan expresses disappointment at EU vote on CETA
Sinn Féin Jobs spokesperson Maurice Quinlivan TD has expressed his disappointment at the passing of the CETA trade deal at the European Parliament today.
Deputy Quinlivan said;
“The vote today, whilst expected, is still very disappointing. This deal is not good for Ireland. It has the potential to affect many jobs especially in the argi-food and beef sectors.
“It is clear that Irish Governments have traditionally been both key and keen supporters of Trade Deals and therefore Fine Gael’s support of CETA in the parliament today comes as no surprise. Sinn Féin voted against the deal because we believe it won’t serve the interests of the Irish people.
“The Government spin is that CETA will create jobs and increase economic growth. However, rather than citizens, it’s much more likely that only big corporations will benefit from them.
“Big businesses have had excessive influence on the secret negotiations for CETA and in very few cases only, were consumer and trade union representatives invited to share their views. Corporate influence therefore dominated during the negotiations.
“The is no scope for amendments and National Parliaments can only accept or reject the agreement, without being able to ask for changes. It therefore would be a yes or no vote with no amendments allowed when the Dáil finally get to debate the CETA deal.”
Deputy Quinlivan concluded:
“It is clear that workers’ rights and jobs are endangered. European countries could now be under pressure to allow high-risk technologies such as fracking or GM technology. CETA will further increase inequalities and those already well off will profit most hence why Fine Gael are the cheerleaders here in Ireland. Big business will gain even more advantages over small and medium enterprises and citizens.
“Trade Unions, environmental organisations, health advocacy groups, farming bodies, small & medium business organisations and hundreds of thousands of citizens across the EU and Canada have campaigned against CETA.
“The EU’s economic crisis is likely to deepen further, as the most competitive member states are expected to pocket most of any potential GDP that may accrue. Countries on the EU’s periphery, like Ireland that are already highly dependent on foreign capital, risk losing out on quality jobs and sustainable investment. On a global scale, inequality between developed and developing countries will increase further.
“Most Irish MEPs with the exception of Fine Gael have today voted against the deal. Unfortunately the Dail has yet to debate CETA and I would urge the Minster for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to arrange that debate as soon as possible.”