200 people sign petition in Worcester High Street over controversial trade deal

Left to right - Barbara Stanton, Sue Avery, Gala Rowley and Samm Hale with Councillor Lynn Denham who were protesting about the TTIP Trade Deal in Worcester High Street on Saturday.

Left to right - Barbara Stanton, Sue Avery, Gala Rowley and Samm Hale with Councillor Lynn Denham who were protesting about the TTIP Trade Deal in Worcester High Street on Saturday.

First published in News Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

A CAMPAIGN to protect the NHS from being sued by big American corporations is gaining momentum in Worcester - with around 200 people signing a petition over the weekend.

Banner-waving protestors, led by Councillor Lynn Denham, were out in force down the city's High Street on Saturday drumming up support.

The campaigners are all members of the 38 Degrees pressure group battling to persuade the Government to refuse to sign an emerging blueprint called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The agreement is a US-EU deal aimed at encouraging more free trade, but it will give large corporations more powers to sue entities like the NHS if they fail to privatise some of the services on offer.

It will also allow corporations to sue the Government if it makes changes to the law which affect businesses' profits - like raising the minimum wage.

Backers of the trade deal say it will encourage more private sector investment in public assets, but critics insist it will weaken market regulation and allow for sweeping privatisation.

The ultimate goal is to remove US-EU regulatory barriers which restrict the potential profits of transnational firms on both sides of the Atlantic.

Cllr Denham, who represents the Cathedral ward in the city centre, said: "We did get a lot of signatures, we filled about four of five sheets of A4 paper, it was approaching 200 signatures and that was on top of the flyers we were handing out.

"One lady I spoke to works in the NHS and took flyers away with her to take them into work.

"There was huge concern over companies being able to sue the NHS, and not just that but the TTIP allowing big American companies to sue our Government over legislation which doesn't go in their favour.

"There needs to be more protections put in place."

The TTIP is yet to be ratified but nations across the EU are looking to debate it with a view to making a decision by the end of 2014.

France is considering opting its health care system out of any agreement, amid concerns similar to those expressed across the UK.

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3:45pm Wed 3 Sep 14

PrivateSi says...

I will sign... I despise US 'Free Trade' bullying tactics.... PROTECTIONISM is the way forward for public services in the face of GLOBALIST MEGA-CORP (spit) DOMINANCE....
I will sign... I despise US 'Free Trade' bullying tactics.... PROTECTIONISM is the way forward for public services in the face of GLOBALIST MEGA-CORP (spit) DOMINANCE.... PrivateSi
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11:14am Thu 4 Sep 14

MJI says...

Has anyone asked the opinion of the local MPs?

I cannot see anyone British allowing this to go through
Has anyone asked the opinion of the local MPs? I cannot see anyone British allowing this to go through MJI
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4:20pm Thu 4 Sep 14

PrivateSi says...

Real Direct Democracy voted on by WE, The People for all Trade & Military Treaties and Organisation Membership... Easily doable in this inter-networked, wired world....
Real Direct Democracy voted on by WE, The People for all Trade & Military Treaties and Organisation Membership... Easily doable in this inter-networked, wired world.... PrivateSi
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4:44pm Thu 4 Sep 14

vertis43ad says...

EVERY Government since World War 2, mostly without consulting" we the people" have signed away slices of our Sovereign independence . Usually the changes like this TTIP treaty are sold to us as hugely beneficial to all? That you might say is debatable. However what you can be certain of is that Multi National corporations are guaranteed to win. Read the small print on this one or pay the price.
EVERY Government since World War 2, mostly without consulting" we the people" have signed away slices of our Sovereign independence . Usually the changes like this TTIP treaty are sold to us as hugely beneficial to all? That you might say is debatable. However what you can be certain of is that Multi National corporations are guaranteed to win. Read the small print on this one or pay the price. vertis43ad
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