Several trade agreements like CETA, TTIP and TISA are currently in work. All of them habe important implications for labor rights and our public services. Below you find key ressources on labor rights and public services in the context of the mentioned trade agreements.

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Labor rights

Trade Union’s positions on TTIP and CETA
Here is a (not comprehensive) list of European trade unions and their stance on TTIP and in some cases also CETA

Interview with Saskia Sassen Diane Anderson on the impact of TTIP on labour rights (March 2015)
Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and chair of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University New York, and Diane Anderson of the bargaining and campaigns team at Unison, assess TTIP’s implications for jobs and employment.

Labor Rights, Manufacturing, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (EPI, September 2013)
Article on TTIP and labor (with a strong US-perspective)

TTIP: fast track to deregulation and lower health and safety protection for EU workers (ETUI, 2015)
Text from ETUI on the possible impacts of TTIP in saftey protections for European workers.

TTIP: Trading rights for profits (Equal Times, 2014)
Written by a labour online newspaper. Available in French and Spanish too

Public Services

Video: Trade agreements (TTIP, CETA, TiSA) and public services (War on Want, August 2015)


In this short introductury video John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want explains the main problems and threats for public services in the context of TTIP, CETA and TiSA.

Public Services under Attac through CETA and TTIP (CEO, TNI, AK, October 2015)

This comprehensive report insvestigates the threats that both CETA and TTIP pose for our public services. It also examines the ways in which corporations use the trade agreements to dismantle our welfare states and who the European Commission welcomes their lobbying. (The report is available in English and French, but the executive summery can be downloaded in all EU languages)

Trading away Public Services? (AK, November 2013)
Introductory presentation on Public Services in the context of different trade agreements by Oliver Prausmüller from the Austrian Chamber of Labour (englisch).

TISA vs. Public Services (PSI, 26 pages, April 2014)
Analysis by Public Services International (PSI) on the threat of TISA for public services.

Health Care

NHS at risk in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
Two articles on how TTIP is risiking our public healthcare system and pushes for its privatisation (with a strong focus on the british healthcare system):

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: International Trade law, health systems and public health (January 2015)
Study by the London School of Economics (LSE). this study presents an assessment of the health impact of the proposed FTA between .the United States and the European Union

For more information on health checkt out the information on TTIP, Health and access to medicine