Press release: As new secret documents are leaked, see https://wikileaks.org/tisa/ the International Transport Workers' Federation and the European Transport Workers' Federation have joined other global union organisations in blasting the EU for pushing other governments to privatise and deregulate as part of negotiations for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA).
The ITF has already highlighted its concerns that the proposed TISA undermines existing regulation in the global transport industry. "These EU demands only multiply the concerns the ITF has already voiced on the undermining of global standards and of decreased safety oversight, as well as over the loss of national control," said ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton. "TISA is being negotiated behind closed doors, whilst we, the real stakeholders, are working with only pieces of the jigsaw. This is shameful. The ITF stands with other global unions in demanding that the talks stop now. They cannot continue until the negotiating parties make public their own positions as well their demands on other countries – and then hold proper consultations with workers, citizens and their representatives," stated ITF President Paddy Crumlin"It is outrageous that the European Union is not only failing in its duty of democracy and social partnership - it also appears to be exporting an extreme model to other countries. It is pursuing a level of market access that will benefit multinationals, not people," added European Transport Workers' Federation General Secretary Eduardo Chagas For other ITF releases on TISA: goo.gl/HB1D2H or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.