Jude's Speech on TiSA

03 February 2016

Jude gave a speech on Monday about TiSA, and asking her colleagues to support a resolution in order try and guarantee worker's rights and the protection of public services.

Thank you, President, and the Rapporteur and other Shadows.

These TiSA negotiations are controversial.

Services are crucial to our economies. Their quality has a direct impact on jobs, fairness at work and social cohesion.

In this House, we have the power to veto any trade deal, and if we use the power wisely we can deliver a more democratic EU trade policy that works for people -- not just profit.

To do that we have to set out clear mandates for negotiators on what we will accept and we won't.

We found an agreement for such a mandate in the Trade Committee, and it got support from 6 out of 8 political groups.

I'm now calling on colleagues from all side of this Parliament to confirm this strong mandate in plenary, and in doing so to make it impossible for the Commission and member states to disregard us.

This is not a vote for or against the final deal. It is about red lines.

Today's global rules reflect the analogue era. They are not fit for our digital world.

New safeguards and protections are needed. We want a full, unambiguous exclusion of all public services. We need rules to guarantee public authorities' right to regulate. 

We are good at exporting services, supplying millions of jobs to the EU. We should do what we can to support this thriving pillar of our economy. But services sector workers need to know that we will not accept an agreement which intensifies social dumping.

We need to regulate globalisation. TiSA could help us achieve this, but the Commission needs to get it right.

EU negotiators must change the EU's priorities in TiSA. They need to see we are serious. That's why we need strong support for this resolution.

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