Reports & Briefings
Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Expands Corporate Rights - video
Published by: Ruth Bergan Date: 12 June 2013
The Obama administration is facing increasing scrutiny for the extreme secrecy surrounding negotiations around a sweeping new trade deal that could rewrite the nation’s laws on everything from healthcare and Internet freedom to food safety and the financial markets. The latest negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) were recently held behind closed doors in Lima, Peru, but the Obama administration has rejected calls to release the current text. Even members of Congress have complained about being shut out of the negotiation process. Last year, a leaked chapter from the draft agreement outlined how the TPP would allow foreign corporations operating in the United States to appeal key regulations to an international tribunal. The body would have the power to override U.S. law and issue penalties for failure to comply with its rulings.
We discuss the TPP with two guests: Celeste Drake, a trade policy specialist with the AFL-CIO, and Jim Shultz, executive director of the Democracy Center, which has just released a new report on how corporations use trade rules to seize resources and undermine democracy. "What is the biggest threat to the ability of corporations to go into a country and suck out the natural resources without any regard for the environment or labor standards? The threat is democracy," Shultz says. "The threat is that citizens will be annoying and get in the way and demand that their governments take action. So what corporations need is to become more powerful than sovereign states. And the way they become more powerful is by tangling sovereign states in a web of these trade agreements."Watch the video.
Econo What? reading group
Published by: Ruth Bergan Date: 14 March 2013
Get to grips with the economy, the financial crisis and who is paying the price.
'Econowhat?' is an online and face-to-face reading group that will help you understand the basics of the finacial crisis and what that means for social justice in the UK and the rest of the world.
You can take part in the reading group as an individual or a group. You can meet up with friends, or take the chance to meet other people in your area. There is also an online discussion on the reading blog page.
There are suggested short readings, articles, and films for a ten session reading group. You can read from start to finish, or just pick a couple of topics that interest you.
Check it out here.
The Great Cotton Stitch Up
Published by: Fairtrade Foundation Date: 11 November 2010
In the lead-in to the 10th anniversary of the launch of the World Trade Organisation Doha Round of trade negotiations, the Fairtrade Foundation argue that it is time rich countries delivered on their promises to cotton farmers.
Download the full report here.
The New Resource Grab
Published by: Traidcraft et al Date: 11 November 2010
Traidcraft, together with European partner organisations, expose the European Raw Materials Initiative and its drive to increase corporate access to cheap natural resources, at the expense of development and environmental and human rights.
Click here to download the full report.
TUC: EU trade policy must deliver on decent work
Published by: Ruth Bergan Date: 18 August 2010
Read the TUC's full submission here.
Traidcraft: EU must see trade as the means, not the end
Published by: Ruth Bergan Date: 09 August 2010
In it's response to the EU's trade policy consultation, Traidcraft has stressed that the EU must see trade as a means to achieving social and environmental goals, rather than an end in itself. The organisation urged the EU to comply with Article 208 of the Lisbon Treaty, which defines development cooperation as a key pillar of the EU's broader external actions, and to recognise that poverty eradication must be at the heart of trade policy.
Traidcraft's full response can be accessed here .
Fairtrade Foundation sets out principles for EU trade policy
Published by: Ruth Bergan Date: 09 August 2010
The Fairtrade Foundation has submitted a response to the EU’s consultation on trade policy. The Foundation is calling for public access to information regarding trade negotiations and for consultation to take place with all parts of civil society, conducted in a transparent way.
The full response can be accessed here .
Change Trade Not Our Climate - Videos
Published by: Ruth Bergan Date: 05 August 2010
On 14 April 2010, the Trade Justice Movement hosted an evening event to discuss the root causes of climate change. Despite the urgency and seriousness of the problem, no one seems to have the courage to talk about the real driver of climate change - overconsumption.
The global trade system, based on free trade and an ever-increasing production and consumption of goods and services to create 'growth', is a key part of the problem. Worse still, trade rules specifically forbid many measures that we could take to slow down or stop runaway climate change.
Without changing trade we can't hope to tackle climate change.
Watch these videos to find out more.
Change Trade Not Our Climate Resources
Published by: Ruth Bergan Date: 12 May 2010
TJM's public event on the 15th April addressed one of the most important issues we currently face: tackling the links between trade and climate change. Click here to see summaries and video clips of the speaker presentations..
WTO Demonstration Photos
Published by: wdm Date: 12 February 2010
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