Union calls on Government to heed public support for referendum on TTIP/CETA deal

Union calls on Government to heed public support for referendum on TTIP/CETA deal

The Unite union has today called on the Government to heed the findings of a recent poll which showed almost two-thirds of people in Ireland favour a referendum on TTIP and CETA.

The recent Red C poll found that 74% of those polled believe that the proposed trade deals should be put to a referendum, with the figure rising to 80% among women and 82% among those aged 18-24.

The poll, commissioned by the campaign organisation Uplift with the support of Unite, also found that just 20% of respondents believe that US or Canadian corporations should be allowed to sue EU governments in respect of policy or legislative changes which might affect profits.

“Unite has consistently argued that the implications of TTIP and CETA are so far-reaching that they need to be put to a referendum, and these poll findings show that 74% of respondents – nearly three quarters agree,” said Unite regional secretary Jimmy Kelly today.

“Both proposed deals include so-called investment court systems – unaccountable arbitration bodies which will allow private corporations to bypass Irish courts and sue governments for compensation in respect of policies which reduce current or anticipated profits.

“Such policies could include labour rights, consumer protections and environmental regulations.

“Again, the verdict of public opinion is unequivocal: just 20% of those polled by Red C believe that US or Canadian corporations should be allowed to sue European governments in respect of policy or legislative changes which may affect their profits.

“Unite is calling on the Government to heed these poll findings and state now that these deals will be put to the people in a referendum before Ireland signs up to them.”

Uplift Director Siobhan O’Donoghue added: “This Red C poll shows clearly that Irish people stand for democracy and want the right to decide on these toxic deals. Government is listening to big business, not the people who they are elected to serve.

“A referendum on TTIP and CETA would balance the power of corporations and put the decision on the future of our democracy in the hands that matter - the people’s hands.

“Expert legal opinion says the government could be constitutionally required to hold a referendum on certain aspects of the deals specifically, the part that allows corporations to sue governments in private”, Ms O’Donoghue noted.

RED C interviewed a random sample of 1004 adults aged 18+ by telephone between June 11-13, 2016.

More on this topic

Proposed trade agreement would allow corporations bypass courts, say protestersProposed trade agreement would allow corporations bypass courts, say protesters


More in this Section

Covid-19: This week 'the important week' in roadmap decision as health team meets to decideCovid-19: This week 'the important week' in roadmap decision as health team meets to decide

Govt to reduce pandemic payments to part-time workersGovt to reduce pandemic payments to part-time workers

'Lessons need to be learned' as HSE sees rise in serious incidents'Lessons need to be learned' as HSE sees rise in serious incidents

€201k salary for Trinity College head breaches approved limit€201k salary for Trinity College head breaches approved limit


Lifestyle

She joins celebrities like Lady Gaga and Stephanie Beatriz fighting bi erasure.Why it’s so important Lili Reinhart has come out as bisexual

PPE can exacerbate pre-existing conditions and cause acne, but there are things you can do to help.How to protect your skin when wearing a face mask

David Brophy's new choir and a classic Ireland v Holland game feature among today's top tips.Thursday's TV Highlights: David Brophy's new choir and a classic Ireland v Holland game

More From The Irish Examiner