TiSA: Not our future! – Unions For Trade Justice

TiSA: Not our future!

Imagine that the biggest transnational corporations in the world – Dole and Cargill, Tyson and Walmart, Uber and Airbnb, Sodexo and Hilton, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, as well as Google, Facebook, Amazon, the big banks and logistics firms – get to design a set of enforceable global rules that let them maximise their profits and minimise their responsibilities, including their responsibilities to labour and consumers, while further enhancing their capacity to escape taxation. Imagine that governments from over 50 countries sign a binding and enforceable treaty that adopts these rules, and promise to obey them forever, on pain of economic penalties.

Imagine, too, that this all happens in secret, screened from the scrutiny of the workers and unions, local businesses, consumers, citizens and even national lawmakers, who are affected. That’s what has been happening since negotiations on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) began in 2013.

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