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Onderwerp: Haga teaching hospital

Friday 27th May:

Visit to the The Haga Teaching Hospital, its trade union commitees and works council. The Haga Teaching Hospital has 4000 employees.

Two members from two trade Unions, FNV and CNV  and also members from the works council explained:

It is the task of the works council to ensure that management objectives are aligned with those of employees.

The members of the works council told about the issues they had discussed in the works council: for example  TTIP ( Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and next to come TISA (Trade In Services Agreement).

What are  the threats for the labour standards? Labour and income? Sustainable mondial prosperity?  Euopean levels of protection of the workers en civils? Does it affect the policy space of the government. Public  services are not excluded by TISA.

There’s no transparancy in the negotiations of TTIP and TISA.

The  works council is aware that TTIP and TISA are dangerous for  Security Health Wellbeing and Environment.

https://stop-ttip.org/nl/trade-unions-positions-on-ttip-ceta-isds/

Trade Unions’ positions on TTIP & Co.

Trade unions all over Europe are discussing the impact of TTIP and CETA. To bring some light into the jungle, we have created an overview table of trade unions’ positions on this page (in order of name of country). The list is by no means comprehensive. If you spot any mistakes or would like to suggest additions, please email mailto:celia.wicher@hidemestop-ttip.org. Click the links to see the original position papers. Underneath the table, we have highlighted demands and main points of concern of some of the trade unions listed.

Summary table

Union

Country

Position on TTIP

Position on CETA

Position on ISDS

Österreichische Gewerkschaft der Gemeindebediensteten – Kunst, Medien, Sport, freie Berufe (GdG-KMSfB)<https://stop-ttip.org/nl/trade-unions-positions-on-ttip-ceta-isds/#GdG-KMSfB>

Austria

Stop <http://www.gdg-vbg.at/docs/TTIP-Resolution-Bundesvorstand.pdf>

Opposition

Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund (ÖGB)

Austria

Stop<http://www.oegb.at/cms/S06/S06_999_Suche.a/1342545743722/suche/oegb-zu-ttip-derzeit-mehr-schaden-als-nutzen>

ABVV/FGTB

Belgium

Stop<https://www.pressenza.com/2014/03/trade-unions-oppose-ttip-eu-us-free-trade-agreement/>

Danish union of public employees (FOA)

Denmark

Concern<http://www.information.dk/503458>

Confédération générale du travail (CGT)

France

Stop<http://stoptafta.wordpress.com/le-collectif-national/>

Fédération syndicale unitaire (FSU)

France

Stop<http://stoptafta.wordpress.com/le-collectif-national/>

Union syndicale solidaires

France

Stop<http://stoptafta.wordpress.com/le-collectif-national/>

Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB)<https://stop-ttip.org/nl/trade-unions-positions-on-ttip-ceta-isds/#GdG-KMSfB>

Germany

Stop<http://www.dgb.de/themen/++co++39c1026e-0d92-11e4-906b-52540023ef1a/@@dossier.html>

Stop<http://www.dgb.de/themen/++co++066e11cc-ac84-11e4-8dd7-52540023ef1a/@@dossier.html>

Opposition

Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW)–> DGB statement<http://www.dgb.de/themen/++co++39c1026e-0d92-11e4-906b-52540023ef1a/@@dossier.html>

Germany

IG Metall

Germany

Stop<http://www.fr-online.de/wirtschaft/freihandelsabkommen-eu-usa--freihandelsabkommen-sofort-stoppen-,1472780,26460308.html>

Ver.di

Germany

Stop<http://ver-und-entsorgung.verdi.de/branchen/wasserwirtschaft_1/++co++c60c57cc-76c1-11e3-a393-525400438ccf>

Irish Federation of University teacher (IFUT), ASTI, Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), TUI<https://stop-ttip.org/nl/trade-unions-positions-on-ttip-ceta-isds/#IFUT>

Ireland

Concern<http://www.ifut.ie/sites/default/files/pressrelease/2014/2014-nov-07preducationbeexcludedfromttiptalks.pdf>

Opposition

Irish Congress of trade unions (ICTU)

Ireland

Concern<http://www.ictu.ie/press/2014/11/22/proposed-euus-trade-deal-profoundly-antidemocratic/>

Italian general confederation of labour (CGIL)

Italy

Concern<http://www.cgil.it/Archivio/Internazionale/CGIL-TTIP_03.06.14.pdf>

Italian labour union (UIL)–>>ETUC statement<https://www.etuc.org/documents/etuc-position-transatlantic-trade-and-investment-partnership#.VQKyx-G2p0p>

Italy

Concern

Confederazione dei Comitati di Base (COBAS)

Italy

Stop<http://stopttipitalia.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/stop-ttip-italia-traduzione-ultima.pdf>

Lëtzebuerger Chrëschtleche Gewerkschafts-Bond (LCGB)

Luxembourg

Stop<http://www.ogbl.lu/blog/prise-de-position-pour-un-arret-des-negociations-sur-le-partenariat-transatlantique-de-commerce-et-dinvestissement-ptci/?back_cat=7&back_year=2014>

Syprolux

Luxembourg

Stop<http://lcgb.lu/fr/2014/07/03/communique-presse-entrevue-ptci-plateforme-ptcittip-gouvernement/>

FVN–> ETUC statement<http://www.etuc.org/documents/etuc-position-transatlantic-trade-and-investment-partnership#.VQKsyOG2p0p>

Netherlands

Concern

Unabhängiger Gewerkschaftsbund Luxemburg (OGBL)<https://stop-ttip.org/nl/trade-unions-positions-on-ttip-ceta-isds/#OGBL>

Luxembourg

Stop<http://www.ogbl.lu/syndicat-alimentation-hotellerie/de/resolutions/resolution-13ieme-journee-syndicale-du-syndicat-alimentation-et-hotellerie-de-logbl-du-samedi-17-mai-2014/?doing_wp_cron=1424084078.2924149036407470703125>

Confederación sindical de comisiones obreras (CCOO)

Spain

Stop<http://www.eldiario.es/sociedad/Cumbre-Social-comercio-UE-EEUU_0_249875217.html>

Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT)

Spain

Stop<http://noalttip.blogspot.co.uk/p/adhesiones-la-campana.html>

Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT)

Spain

Stop<http://www.eldiario.es/sociedad/Cumbre-Social-comercio-UE-EEUU_0_249875217.html>

Unión Sindical Obrera (USO)

Spain

Stop<http://noalttip.blogspot.co.uk/p/adhesiones-la-campana.html>

General Workers’ Union (GMB)<https://stop-ttip.org/nl/trade-unions-positions-on-ttip-ceta-isds/#GMB>

UK

Stop<https://stop-ttip.org/nl/trade-unions-positions-on-ttip-ceta-isds/%22www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/halt-eu-us-trade-deal-talks>

Opposition

National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT)<https://stop-ttip.org/nl/trade-unions-positions-on-ttip-ceta-isds/#NASUWT>

UK

Concern<http://www.nasuwt.org.uk/consum/groups/public/@journalist/documents/nas_download/nasuwt_013083.pdf>

Opposition

National Union of Teachers (NUT)

UK

Stop<http://www.waronwant.org/news/265-latest-news/18087-drop-trade-talks>

Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)

UK

Stop<http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/campaigns/pcs-international/priority-areas-and-campaigns/transatlantic-trade-and-investment-partnership.cfm>

UNISON<https://stop-ttip.org/nl/trade-unions-positions-on-ttip-ceta-isds/#UNISON>

UK

Stop<https://www.unison.org.uk/upload/sharepoint/On%20line%20Catalogue/22410.pdf>

Opposition

Trade Union Council (TUC)<https://stop-ttip.org/nl/trade-unions-positions-on-ttip-ceta-isds/#TUC>

UK

Stop<https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Resolutions.pdf>

Unite the Union<https://stop-ttip.org/nl/trade-unions-positions-on-ttip-ceta-isds/#UNITE">

UK

Stop<http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/manufacturing/manufacturingnews/workers-uniting-steering-committee-statement-on-new-generation-trade-agreements/>

Stop<http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/manufacturing/manufacturingnews/workers-uniting-steering-committee-statement-on-new-generation-trade-agreements/>

Opposition

University and College Union (UCU)<https://stop-ttip.org/nl/trade-unions-positions-on-ttip-ceta-isds/#UCU">

UK

Stop<http://www.ucu.org.uk/media/pdf/i/i/ucu_ttip_briefingv2_mar14.pdf>

Opposition

European Federation of public service Unions

Concern<http://www.epsu.org/r/230>

European Trade Union Conference (ETUC)<https://stop-ttip.org/nl/trade-unions-positions-on-ttip-ceta-isds/#ETUC>

Concern<https://www.etuc.org/documents/etuc-position-transatlantic-trade-and-investment-partnership#.VQKyx-G2p0p>

Opposition

European Trade Union Comittee for Education (ETUCE)

Concern<http://www.csee-etuce.org/images/attachments/StatementTTIPen.pdf>

IndustriALL European Trade Union

Concern<http://www.industriall-europe.eu/news/list2.asp?stid=224>

International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF)

Stop<http://www.iuf.org/w/sites/default/files/TradeDealsThatThreatenDemocracy-e_0.pdf>

Public services international (PSI)

Stop<http://www.world-psi.org/en/ituc-delegates-give-resounding-no-trans-pacific-partnership>

UNI Europa

Stop<http://www.uniglobalunion.org/sites/default/files/files/news/20140520_circ_e-024_ttip_ue_position_en.pdf>

More detailed trade union positions

Österreichische Gewerkschaft der Gemeindebediensteten – Kunst, Medien, Sport, freie Berufe (GdG-KMSfB)

Demands:

  • start over the negotiations
  • no ISDS
  • exclusion of public services, public procurement, audio-visual services
  • binding recognition of the ILO standards by USA
  • no automatic mutual recognition of standards, no RCC (regulatory cooperation coucil)
  • compilation of a study on the impact of TTIP on the European internal market and employment market

Main points of concern:

  • lack of transparency
  • the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers can not make changes, only agree/disagree)
  • possible reduction of consumer, environmental and employee protection
  • ISDS (limitation of the state’s possibility to regulate)
  • further liberalisation of public infrastructure (e.g. water, energy), social security, municipal services, culture; constraint for the municipalities’ right to provide services
  • impeachement of the credibility of the EU prognoses on the effects of TTIP on the economic growth

Full position: http://www.gdg-vbg.at/docs/TTIP-Resolution-Bundesvorstand.pdf

Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB)

  • the DGB has published a general resolution on the requirements of free-trade agreements
  • in general, free-trade agreements are seen as a possibility to introduce “gold standards” for a fairer globalization

Positon on TTIP (June 2014)

Demands:

  • no ISDS
  • suspension of current negotiation process, definition of new objectives
  • complete transparency (e.g. disclosure of negotiation documents and objectives)
  • comprehensive study on the possible impacts (social, ecological, human rights) in cooperation with civil society representatives
  • no reduction of the level of environmetal, consumer or worker protection
  • binding recognition of the ILO standards and OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises

Main points of concern:

  • lack of transparency
  • the USA did not ratify six of the eight Core Labour Standarts of the ILO
  • mutual recognition of standards is likely to produce a general lowering of (e.g. protection) standards
  • liberalisation of public services, removal of special protection
  • lobbyist inluence on legislation processes through the RCC (regulatory cooperation coucil) and ISDS

Position on CETA (december 2014)

  • does not the the requirements of the DGB → non-consensual

Main points of concern:

  • no sufficient protection of workers’ and employees’ rights (formulations in a non-binding manner, no explicit human rights clause)
  • investment proctection (ISDS)
  • negative-list approach concerning the liberalisation of services
  • ratchet-clause: level of liberalisation is non-reversable (p.e. re-municilatization of private public services not possible)
  • list of exempt sectors of the public services not sufficient (e.g. does not include social affairs, health, education, web.based services, public municipal transportation, computer-related services
  • no rules on the promotion of socio-ecological criteria in public procurement and protection of social and labour standarts
  • “regulatory council” which asseses the compatibility of regulations in advance → can influence legislative and governmental processes by assas
  • CETA does not contain a review clause

Irish Federation of University teacher (IFUT), ASTI, Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), TUI

  • demand the exclusion of education from the TTIP negotiations
  • against ISDS (limitation of the sovereignty of states, possible liability on tax payers in the case of a lawsuit)

Unabhängiger Gewerkschaftsbund Luxemburg (OGBL) (17.03.2014)

  • resolution of the „OGBL-syndicate for food, consumption and restaurants”
  • demand: stop the negotiations on TTIP

Main points of concern:

  • lack of democracy in the negotiations (the European Parliament and the national parliaments are not included, major influence of lobbyists
  • big differences in food- and health-security
  • consumer protection: according to European, the consumer protection laws of the place of residence are in effect -> not concorddant with TTIP

General Workers’ Union (GMB) (11.3.2014)

  • demand: abandon negotiations

Main points of concern:

  • lowering of social and environmental standards
  • limitations in public procurement
  • increasement of corporations’ powerover governments through ISDS

National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) (September 2014)

Demands:

  • no ISDS
  • exclusion of public services, including education and health
  • proper involvement of trade unions and civil society in the negotiations
  • main points of concern:
  • limitation of governments’ sovereignty trhough ISDS
  • privatisation of public services (including education); harder reversibility of these privatisations

UNISON (UK) (May 2014)

  • states opposition against TTIP

Demands:

  • no ISDS
  • binding reconition of the ILO standards
  • exclusion of all public services
  • guarantee for no lowering of standards

Main points of concern:

  • liberalisation of public services, difficulties to reverse privatisation (e.g. NHS)
  • limitation of governments through ISDS
  • lowering of standarts through regulatory cooperation
  • limiation of public procurement
  • the US has not ratified several ILO conventions -> weakening of emplyment and trade unions’ rights
  • impact on future global trade agreements -> TTIP as standard

Unite the Union (UK) (February 2015)

  • statement of the “Workers’ Uniting Steering Comittee”

Demands:

  • rejection of CETA
  • removal of ISDS from TTIP
  • implementation of ILO core standards
  • assuring the implementation of high standards

Main points of concern:

  • lowering of standards because of regulatory convergence

University and College Union (UCU) (UK) (March 2014)

  • demand:exclusion of public services from TTIP, clear definition of “public services”

Main points of concern:

  • privatisation of public services (e.g. education)
  • lack of transparency during the negotiations
  • “depolitization” of conflicts between states and investors through ISDS; deterrence of governments who want to introduce laws for e.g. environmental or customer protection
  • de-regulation and privatisation of the education-sector
  • complication of a reversion of privatisations

European Trade Union Conference (25.04.2013)

  • neither clear support or opposition, sees possible positive (positive impacts on jobs and investement flows) and negative effects
  • concerned about the little amount of time EU Member States have been given to agree this mandate and the lack of scrutiny of the EU’s draft negotiating mandate by MEPs, trade unions or civil society

Demands:

  • greater scrutiny (submission of the EU negotiation mandate draft to the European Parliament, the trade union movement and civil society; hearing by the Council Trade Policy Committee with trade union and civil society representatives)
  • achievement of a “Gold-Standart” (e.g. EU REACH-agreement on chemicals, European work councils, US Federal instruments of industrial policy and innovation such as DARPA and ARPA-Eprogramme
  • greater cooperation in the development of new technologies
  • implementation of the labour standarts of the ILO
  • protection of the environment -> concerns especially about the US exploitation of unconventional fuels (e.g. tar sands and shale gas)
  • inclusion of parliaments and social partners in the negotiations and the monitoring process after the agreement is in place(e.g. bilateral parliamentary commission+social partners)
  • Oppositions against the inclusion of ISDS
  • postive-list-approach for service-negotiations
  • exclusion of public services, audio-visual and cultural goods and agriculture, no liberalization of financial services
  • no obligation to open or liberalize public procurement at the subnational level
  • measures against the illegal trade of intellectual property-reliant goods and services and broders (except non-profit)

The intranet page of the trade unions in the Haga Teaching Hospital was showed . Also the intranet page of the company first response team.

The end of the visit was a visit to a lab.

With regards, Guadalupe Verwaayen

 
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