Resistance to CETA continues

German resistance to CETA continues, despite NGOs having now largely abandoned the issue as a lost cause.  The German petition can be signed here and there is an invitation to further action (translation below): Dear supporters, bad news from the exploratory talks. The exploratory protocols tell us that the anti-democratic free trade agreement CETA should... Continue Reading →

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Strong enough to cripple a pig

The Soil Association has published a new report on threats to UK farming and food safety standards from a Trump-TIP style deal with the US, the Guardian reports.  Highlighted is the use of a crippling growth accelerator. Ractopamine, which can add three kilos of extra meat to a pig, is banned by almost every country... Continue Reading →

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Divine Trade

At a time when Trade Justice is in short supply and what little there is is under increasing threat, Divine Chocolate have decided to shout about their Fair Trade and Co-operative credentials. An ‘Owned by Cocoa Farmers’ seal on their new packaging will advertise that the company is 44% owned by the Ghanaian family  farmers... Continue Reading →

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Fight the Trade Bill!

As the Independent pointed out recently, the Belgian regional assembly of Wallonia will have more say over UK-EU trade than British Members of Parliament. Parliament is discussing the new trade bill now. Demand trade democracy! Meanwhile, Liam Fox appears to be engaged in a bizarre plan to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  Again, MPs will... Continue Reading →

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Corporate giants are making medicine too expensive for the poor.  Global Justice Manchester is campaigning against Big Pharma's use of its monopoly to exploit patients.

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TTIP rising from the dead?

Why would Liam Fox want the UK to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership?  Perhaps because, in many ways, it's a clone of T-TIP, the international trade treaty that was defeated by popular protest less than two years ago. TPP is likely to: Stimulate climate change and prevent governments from protecting the environment. Enable Big Pharma to... Continue Reading →

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Tanzania’s fight back

The IISD website carries a rundown on the legal measures that the Tanzanian Government has put in place to resist the power of the corporate giants.  According to IISD, these laws: raise questions on their relationship to the country’s bilateral investment treaties (BITs). Tanzania has BITs in force with 11 countries—Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany,... Continue Reading →

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How naff is NAFTA 2.0?

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) has published an analysis of the current state of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations and questioned whether withdrawal might be better than a Trump-style renegotiated agreement.  Some of the major threats they identify from NAFTA 2.0 are: the import of genetically engineered products, without... Continue Reading →

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Civil society organisations, including Global Justice Now and Friends of the Earth have been banned from attending next week's meeting of World Trade Organisation in Argentina. No explanation has been given for the ban, apparently originating from the Argentinian Government. Full story.

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Protest in Southeast Asia

“Free Trade Agreements like the TPP and RCEP will force the privatisations of our public services, skyrocket the price of our medicines, push workers’ wages down and restrict the policy-making space of our governments, preventing developing countries from using the same policies that developed countries have used in their own path to development,” said Diyana... Continue Reading →

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South Korea resists US bullying

Angry farmers disrupted an open meeting held by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy in South Korea this month.  The meeting was held to present the findings of an economic feasibility study into the renegotiation of the Korean/US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS).  Despite the inquiry finding that renegotiation would have little impact on the South... Continue Reading →

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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?

LATEST - Fox wants UK to join TPP 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... 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 GMTAN's response to the The British Government's White Paper on trade, Preparing for our future UK trade policy.  The White Paper can be read here. It is encouraging that the White Paper begins with the promise that trade should be both free and fair, while the five principles it outlines are sound ones. But,... 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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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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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?

Corporate courts are a tribunals run by corporate lawyers for the benefit of giant corporations and rich investors.  They powerful companies to stop governments regulating their activities. As Nick Dearden has pointed out: Putting cigarettes in plain packaging, banning dangerous chemicals, raising the minimum wage, stopping toxic power plants being built – anything that might... 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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