Oct 3rd, 2014
TTIP: European Day of Action
By Bryony Walker
Right now, big businesses are quietly persuading the government to sign one of the most dangerous trade deals you may never have heard of – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – TTIP for short.
It’s a deal between the US and the EU that would make privatisation of our services like the NHS and National Rail irreversible. It’ll also allow big corporations to sue our government if it makes changes to the law which affect businesses’ profits – like raising the minimum wage.
TTIP is being negotiated behind closed doors. But thanks to 38 Degrees members the secrecy around it has finally been lifted. We took to the streets in our thousands a few weeks ago. And now, finally, the media and politicians have started to talk about it – openly.
But now we need to take the fight against TTIP straight to the people who have the power to scupper it. On Saturday 11th October, people all across Europe will be standing together to send a strong message to the people who represent us in Europe – our MEPs. From Germany to France, Italy to Spain – will you stand with them?
The plan in the UK is simple. Thousands of 38 Degrees members will take to the streets. We’ll meet up and hand out leaflets together explaining MEPs’ stances on TTIP; and tell people to get in touch with them and put them under pressure.
Are you free on Saturday 11th October?
Things are finally happening. But together we need to keep up the pressure. MEPs, our representatives in Europe, have heard almost nothing about it from the people they represent. If they start feeling the heat, we could up the pressure in Brussels even more.
When you sign up, you’ll be able to see who else in your area is taking part. There’ll be information about where and when to meet, and you’ll even get to chat online to other members to iron out any problems. You’ll get leaflets to hand out and further information through in the post.
Together, we can warn even more people about the dangers of TTIP. We can show MEPs that we won’t stand for this dangerous trade deal. Can you join us on the streets on Saturday 11th October?