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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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The Road to Rome

Sunday 17 January 2016

By Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary Political and technological forces are threatening workers’ rights all over Europe. The European Commission is pushing the EU in an increasingly neoliberal direction, through initiatives such as the “Better Regulation Agenda” and is increasingly effective in its anti-worker agenda. President Juncker’s team seems set on creating an EU which put…

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As good as it gets?

Monday 11 January 2016

By Christina J. Colclough, Head of EU Affairs, UNI Europa Across Europe, wealth and income inequality is rising. The top 10% are getting richer whilst the bottom 40% are stuck in a standstill if not getting poorer by the day. At the same time, and making it even worse, new forms of employment are spreading…

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ISDS or ICS: foreign investors still triumph over public interest

Friday 20 November 2015

Summary: the European Commission’s revised proposal for an ICS includes some modest improvements but it does not change the fundamentals of a system where only investors can bring law suits against states – that means investor’s private interests are ultimately privileged over public policy considerations. The European Commission recently published a revised proposal for an…

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UNI Europa Urges “NO” Vote on TTIP ISDS Amendment

Monday 6 July 2015

UNI Europa, the European service workers union, calls on MEPs to reject the “compromise” amendment allowing an investor-state dispute settlement scheme within TTIP. “We need to be clear about what is actually being compromised by this amendment – critical protections for European workers, SMEs and democracy,” said Oliver Roethig, UNI Europa Regional Secretary. ‘The so-called…

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