Manchester protests against toxic Trump-TIP trade talks

US-UK trade talks commenced in the UK on Monday, bringing Manchester citizens onto the streets to protest against toxic trade deals. But toxic chickens are not the only threat. Lax regulation of US agribusiness threatens to flood the UK with cheap substandard foods, endangering public health and animal welfare. The overuse of antibiotics, intensive factory... Continue Reading →

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TPP agreed (with concessions) or not?

It seems that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal has just been agreed, without US involvement and without some of its more unpleasant provisions. Ministers of the 11 remaining TPP countries agreed the deal in principle in Vietnam, but it remains to be ratified by 9 of them - and it looks like Canada might... Continue Reading →

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Corporate courts round-up

Tanzania is being sued over a large scale sugar cane and ethanol project which could make 1,500 people homeless and take land which is currently in a national park. Four companies are bringing the corporate court action under a Swedish-Tanzanian bi-lateral treaty after the Tanzanian Parliament rejected the AgroEco Energy project in Bagamoyo. The small... Continue Reading →

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The Trade White Paper – GMTAN’s response

This is a draft of GMTAN's response to the The British Government's White Paper on trade, Preparing for our future UK trade policy. If you wish to respond personally, before Monday, you can do so here.  The White Paper can be read in full here. It is encouraging that the White Paper begins with the promise... Continue Reading →

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Sainsbury’s Fairtrade Protests Report

Actions took place across Manchester on Saturday, to protest against Sainsbury's dropping the Fairtrade certification from its tea.  Currently, photos are in from Oxford Road and Wilmslow Road Stores. .        

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The Great Repeal Bill appears to be completely bogged down in the House of Commons, as a divided cabinet faces hundreds of hostile amendments from all sides of the House.  The amendments are publicly listed here (pdf), but it is very difficult for the average punter to get a grasp of their relative significance or... Continue Reading →

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Green electronics

Greenpeace's new report on electronics names the Dutch company Fairphone as the greenest in the business.  The non-profit, whose mobile phone is available to UK consumers through the Phone Co-op scored a B rating, ahead of its nearest rival Apple, with a B minus. The report focuses on three key areas of design and supply chain... Continue Reading →

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Arms dealers in the trade department

Half of secondees to Liam Fox's Trade Department are from arms traders, according to the Guardian.  Following revelations that over 90% of meetings that the department has with outside bodies are with giant corporations, this is further confirmation of the extent to which the department is under the influence of powerful external interests.  We have... Continue Reading →

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Trade war escalates

A further taste of what it will be like trading with Donald Trump's USA comes with the news that the country is planning to slap another 80% tariff on Bombardier jets, bringing the total tariff to an eye-watering 300%.   The trade war means that a quarter of the 4000 workers employed in Bombardier's Northern Ireland... Continue Reading →

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Those pesky puppets keep showing up

They don't know when to quit!  Following the Global Justice Now national activists meeting on the eve of the Tory Party conference, commuters outside Manchester Piccadilly railway station were treated to another puppet show.   This time, activists from Sheffield and Nottingham took part, as David Davis and Liam Fox danced at Trump's orders, while... Continue Reading →

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Conference protest report

Trade justice campaigners joined tens of thousands who protested against British Government policies at the opening of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on Sunday. At the opening rally in Castlefield Basin, members of GMTAN and Global Justice Manchester were busy encouraging people to send post cards to the Trade Secretary demanding democratic oversight of... Continue Reading →

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Cocoa calamity

Mars, Nestlé, Mondelez and other big companies are implicated in the illegal destruction of the African rain forest.  Environmental campaigning organisation, Mighty Earth has exposed the scandal in a new report. Ivory Coast and Ghana are the largest cocoa producers.  A recent study of supposedly protected areas in Ivory Coast found almost a third of... Continue Reading →

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Animal Welfare Threat from Trump-TIP

Despite being prohibited from making any formal trade agreements, negotiations  on a US-UK trade deal are already under way and it is likely that one of the biggest threats will be to be UK food and farming standards.  Recent headlines about chlorinated chicken are merely one aspect of a vast gulf between US practices and... Continue Reading →

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Great Repeal Bill – second reading

The Great Repeal Bill, or European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, as it is more formally known, is due for it's second reading in the House of Commons next Thursday (7th September). Described as a "power grab" by Global Justice Now's Nick Dearden, the bill will seek to give the Government a free hand in watering down... Continue Reading →

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British citizens are set to lose the right to sue their government for breaking the law.  Important rights, to seek compensation for violations of workplace, environmental and health protections are all under threat as Britain withdraws from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice under the Government's Great Repeal Bill, according to The Independent newspaper this... Continue Reading →

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Tell the government “we want a say!”

The government claims it is ‘taking back control’ of trade negotiations. But the British government was the biggest cheerleader in Europe for TTIP and CETA, the damaging mega EU trade deals with the US and Canada. Outside the EU, there are even fewer checks or balances on the British government. MPs have almost no role... Continue Reading →

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The Threat of Trump-TIP

Brexit has revealed an almost total lack of democratic control over UK trade policy. Theresa May is intent on negotiating new trade deals behind closed doors, with minimal opportunity for Parliament to examine or challenge them. One of the most important of these deals will be the one that is struck with the USA and... Continue Reading →

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What are corporate courts?

ISDS is a trans-national system of kangaroo courts run by corporate lawyers for the purpose of protecting corporate profits.  They allow foreign corporations to sue national governments and overrule any domestic regulations that reduce their profitability. Some key features of these courts are: They usually meet in secret; Only trans-national corporations can lodge claims, typically... Continue Reading →

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African producers condemn Sainsbury’s betrayal

Sainsbury's plan to stop selling goods that carry the widely respected Fairtrade mark has been roundly condemned by Fairtrade Africa.  The organisation has published an open letter rejecting Sainsbury's proposals as a power grab, aimed at undermining producer autonomy and transferring control to a clique of company bureaucrats.  The full text of Fairtrade Africa's letter... Continue Reading →

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