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UCU: Campaigning on the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

9 January 2014 | last updated: 25 March 2020

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed trade deal between the EU and the US, supposedly being pursued in the interests of free trade.

  • UCU believes that it poses a profound threat to public services in general, including education, leaving them wide open not only to greater privatisation but making it harder for any future government to regulate foreign private sector companies operating in our public services.
  • The TTIP is also an affront to democracy. The talks are being pursued without any transparency or democratic oversight by the EU and the US. If they succeed, they will take disputes between companies and governments away from independent courts and make them the preserve of unaccountable tribunals dominated by corporate lawyers.
  • This briefing explains why UCU is calling for all public services to be protected within any trade treaty and indicates how members can support the growing campaign against the TTIP.

UCU briefing: TTiP - A threat to UK education

Labour Research Department article:' What's behind the trade deal? [762kb]'

European teachers and students raise concerns with US-EU trade partnership

European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE): Information on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership