So we have TPP, TTiP, Ceta and now the latest in a long line of trade deals between America and the EU, TiSA.
This one is the greatest threat to all our public services. With TTiP looking less like to be ratified, they are accelerating this largely ignored trade deal.
Below are quotes from the Coalition of Service Industries (CSI).
Check them out, it is mind-boggling. This is how they describe themselves:
The Coalition of Services Industries (CSI) represents the interests of the dynamic American service economy, which employs over 75% of the workforce and generates 3/4 of national economic output. Since 1982, CSI has created greater public awareness of the major role services play in the U.S. economy, and it has shaped domestic and international economic policies on behalf of the services sector. The broad range and diversity of the U.S. service economy is reflected in CSI’s membership, which includes major international companies from the banking, insurance, telecommunications, information technology, logistics and express delivery, audiovisual, retail, and other service industries. CSI members conduct business in all 50 states and in more than 100 countries.
CSI’s goals include expanding the multilateral trading environment to include more countries and more services, enhancing bilateral services trading relationships, and ensuring competitive services trade in the global marketplace. To achieve these goals, CSI has launched a number of initiatives in areas of international trade, investment, regulatory policy, statistics improvement, electronic commerce, and others.
The Coalition of Service Industries also seeks to:
- Reduce barriers to services trade
- Ensure U.S. economic policies reflect the importance of the services sector, and
- Provide data and analysis on the impact of services on the U.S. economy.
This is their take on TiSA:
“The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) is the most promising opportunity in two decades to improve and expand trade in services. Initiated by the United States and Australia, the TISA is currently being negotiated in Geneva, Switzerland with 50 participants that represent 70 percent of the world’s trade in services.
As of July 2015, participants in the TISA include Australia, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, the European Union*, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States.”
“The TISA has the opportunity to address major and fundamental barriers to trade in services affecting the United States and the globe. Some barriers to services trade include limited movement of data across borders, unfair competition from state-owned enterprises, lack of transparency and need for due process of law, and forced local ownership and discrimination in obtaining business licenses and permits.
An international services agreement has the potential to create trading conditions that enable services industries to achieve their full potential. The TISA can be one of the most important economic contributions of this century-for the United States and the globe.”
This trade deal is aimed at liberalising the worldwide trade of services such as banking, health care, education and transport. In fact every single public service would be forced into privatisation.
When we have single campaigns for the NHS to be excluded from TTiP and some people think that this will be a victory and so the ratification can go ahead. This is a false economy. All these trade deals are inter-linked. All these trade deals are to ensure that one way or another public services must be opened up to American and other trans-national corporations.
Even if the NHS is exempt from TTiP or TTiP fails, the NHS will still be under attack from TiSA
This is the CSI take on TTiP:
“The TTIP can strengthen this relationship by eliminating non-tariff barriers to improve market access forservices, create regulatory cooperation, and develop provisions to strengthen the free flow of data between parties.
The result of the TTIP will become the global standard for future services trade negotiations and thus will affect trade not only between the United States and the European Union, but also their trading partners outside the agreement.
The TTIP must be comprehensive. In terms of services, that requires inclusion of all services sectors and all methods of delivery of services. It must include new commitments on market access, high-standard trade and investment rules, especially in new areas of services trade, and regulatory cooperation.”
They see TTiP as “the global standard for future services trade negotiations” They state it must include the inclusion of all service sectors.
These groups view all trades deals as interlinked and interdependent and so must we. We cannot simply focus on just one or two. We certainly cannot allow any of them to be ratified just because it exempts the NHS.
When throughout Europe most industries, coal, steel, shipping, energy, transport, banking, etc have all been nationalised. In Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal, forced to nationalise by the EU. The global corporations now have control over those means of production.
The only areas left for corporate expansion is within our public services. This is what TISA is all about. It is for corporate expansion into all our public services, especially the NHS, Social Care, Transport and Education.