Author Archives: Kieran Crowe
Our AGM for this year is next Thursday. We are nominating our officers for 2019 and affiliating to campaigning groups, as well as continuing our key campaigns. All welcome:
2018 AGM minutes:2018 AGM Minutes
2019 AGM agend:2019_03 AGM Agenda
Officers’ nomination form:BTUC 2019 Nomination
Facebook event here.
1. Meet 11.00 on platform at East Finchley . Depart 11.15 – change Tottenham Court Road onto Central Line – to either Bond Street or Marble Arch.
2. Meet 11.00 on platform at Finchley Central. Depart 11.15 – change Tottenham Court Road onto Central Line – to either Bond Street or Marble Arch.
Then 12.15 – 12.30 go to Barnet meeting point at top of Park Lane in front of Marriott Hotel
Corporate courts, formally known as ISDS (investor-state dispute settlement), are an obscure parallel legal system only accessible to the super-rich. They allow transnational corporations to sue governments outside the national justice system, for amounts into the billions, over decisions the companies think might affect their profits.
Health warnings on cigarette packets, raising the minimum wage and protecting the environment from mining are just some of the laws big business has challenged in corporate courts. Even the threat of a case can be used to bully governments into backing down.
Recently the Minister proposed using Brexit to slash tariffs, regardless of impact on jobs, farming and industry, following an extreme market-driven approach. Corporate courts are a key part of this agenda.
The minister wants to keep ISDS to protect investment stocks. We need to speak out and say that people and planet matter far more.
The fightback has begun. Across the world, countries have been rejecting ISDS: South Africa, India, Ecuador, Tanzania, Indonesia and New Zealand have all taken steps to back away from corporate courts.
Here in the UK and across Europe, our movement against TTIP and CETA – the EU’s trade deals with the USA and Canada – has exposed its illegitimacy. The system is vulnerable.
We’re at a tipping point, and if enough of us come together, we could bring ISDS down altogether. Can you sign the petition today and join the movement to end corporate courts?
#Capita: Southampton Council & the risk of delays Briefing Number 4.
#Capita: Blackburn with Darwen Council: Why they ended the contract Capita Briefing Number 3.
#Capita: Sheffield Council “Why they decided to bring all services back in-house from Capita” Briefing Number 2
#Capita: Sheffield September 2018 Briefing Number 1