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People to take to streets of Conwy to raise awareness of TTIP

Published date: 21 August 2015 |
Published by: Stephanie Price 
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CONWY people will be taking to the streets this Saturday to raise awareness of a secretive deal with the USA that is set to give more power to big corporations.

The day of action in Llandudno is part of a nationwide effort coordinated by independent campaign group 38 Degrees. It will see local campaigners talk to hundreds of people about the dangers of this deal, and how it might affect their lives if it isn’t stopped.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a free trade agreement that has been proposed between the European Union and the USA which aims to remove regulatory barriers for transnational corporations such as food safety rules, labour rights, banking safeguards, digital privacy laws and more.

Campaigners say the deal could force NHS trusts across the country to open up to American private healthcare providers, and could allow big businesses to sue the government if British laws dent their profits. 

Conwy volunteers will take to the streets near M&S on Mostyn Street, Llandudno at 10.00am on Saturday 22nd August, joining thousands of other people who are also taking action across the UK. They’re calling on people in Aberconwy constituency to sign the petition against TTIP, which will be delivered to politicians in October.

Mike Bird, a 38 Degrees member from Llandudno Junction, said: “TTIP could affect every part of our lives: from watering-down environmental protections to lowering food safety standards to American levels. This could re-introduce bee-killing pesticides onto our fields and chlorine-washed chicken into our supermarkets. That’s why I’m totally against this awful trade deal.”

Amy Lockwood, campaigner at 38 Degrees said: “This Saturday, 38 Degrees members in Conwy will be pushing TTIP, the dangerous trade deal, out of secret negotiating rooms and into the public spotlight.

“People in Conwy have a right to know that this dodgy deal is being hashed out behind their backs. From the NHS, to schools, to the food on our tables, TTIP could tear up the public services and protections that people fought hard for.

“Saturday’s day of action is all about the people of Conwy sending a message to corporate lobbyists: we won’t sit back while you re-write the rules of democracy.”

The EU-wide petition against TTIP has got over 2.5 million signatures already. It can be found at www.38degrees.org.uk/ttip.

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