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The EU is currently negotiating a large number of trade agreements with countries across the world, such as TTIP, the trade agreement between the European Union and USA. UNI Europa follows these negotiations closely.

TTIP, the transatlantic trade and investment partnership, is the trade agreement being negotiated between the European Union and USA. Whilst the negotiations are ongoing, the agreement will most likely include an investor-state-dispute-settlement system. This system which goes under several names, the latest ICS, gives privileges to foreign investors in Europe as they can subject state regulations to often multi-million dollar court settlements. The question is: can collective agreements also be subject to such settlements?
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Urgent call to governments for a democratic debate on TiSA

Friday 27 May 2016

Philip Jennings, UNI Global Union General Secretary said:  “The newly leaked documents on TiSA reveal once more that the trade rules are being written to benefit the top 1%. If adopted, TiSA would reduce the ability of governments to regulate to protect financial stability, labour rights and the environment. The TiSA talks strike at the…

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Trade unions demand: Make CETA a ‘gold standard’ trade agreement

Thursday 12 May 2016

The ETUC has sent a letter to the Dutch Presidency of the European Union to raise pending issues regarding CETA, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. The letter urges the Dutch Presidency to use the opportunity of the upcoming Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 13 May “to call for CETA to be altered to…

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UNI Europa will only support trade deal fully protecting workers’ rights

Wednesday 3 February 2016

Today the European Parliament voted on its recommendations on the Trade in Services Agreement TiSA. The resolution adopted with a large majority addresses some important UNI Europa issues while still falling short in particular on the key trade union demand for the full enforceability of labour standards. But the vote shows most clearly that TiSA…

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Constructive discussion with Commissioner Thyssen

Tuesday 26 January 2016

On 25 January, UNI Europa representatives, lead by Regional Secretary Oliver Roethig, met with Commissioner Marianne Thyssen to discuss recent developments in Europe concerning social affairs and employment. At the meeting, the UNI Europa representatives highlighted the challenges in the new world of work due to rapid technological changes. UNI Europa has been one of…

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