Other toxic deals
There are other toxic trade deals in negotiation:
TiSA: Selling off public services
The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) aims to turn public services like health, education, water and sanitation into commodities for trade – essentially, to privatise them. It threatens to exclude millions of people worldwide from access to these vital services.
Negotiations on the TISA deal began in 2012. It involves 50 countries, including the UK and the rest of the EU. It was initiated following the stalling of talks on services at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), due to opposition from many, mainly poorer countries.
The TiSA deal aims to make it much easier for multinational companies to get involved in the provision of essential services. Public services play a crucial role in tackling poverty and inequality. But the TiSA deal would restrict the legal powers of governments to run services like education and water for the benefit of their citizens.
The TiSA would worsen the situation of migrant workers by limiting the ability of governments to protect their rights. It also seeks to further reduce regulation governing the international finance sector – despite the financial crisis which resulted from an already deregulated finance industry.
Global Justice Now is working with allies around the world to build the movement against TISA.
TPP: A trade deal across the Pacific
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade deal being negotiated between 12 countries in North America, Latin America, Australasia and the Pacific. Like the TTIP and other trade deals, it aims to increase the power of big business over many areas of life, including public services and democracy.
But the TPP deal goes even further, by committing governments to allowing multinational companies access to all public and other services, unless they have been specifically excluded.
The TPP has provoked protests across the countries involved in the talks, including by Japanese farmers and New Zealand nurses.
The deal reached agreement in October 2015, but has yet to be ratified by governments, so there is still hope.