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(BERLIN, GERMANY) – Leaders of the American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) today called for a "gold standard" EU-US trade deal that improves living and working conditions on both sides of the Atlantic
As part of meetings today in Berlin, representatives from the AFL-CIO and ETUC concluded that increasing transatlantic trade could create new jobs and share prosperity, but must be done in a way that helps all working people.
"While past US trade agreements, like NAFTA, have helped boost the corporate bottom line, they have supressed wages and workplace rights, shrinking the middle class in the US, Mexico and Canada, said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Trade policy for the privileged few must end. TTIP must work for the people, or it won't work at all. "
ETUC General Secretary, Bernadette Ségol, said: "European and American trade unionists are united in supporting a free trade deal between the EU and US only if it promotes workers' rights, generates quality jobs, upholds public services and procurement, democratic decision making and international conventions."
The ETUC and AFL-CIO agreed that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership currently being negotiated between the US and EU must:
The trade union leaders agreed to continue to work closely together on TTIP.
For more information:
Julian Scola, Head of Press & Communications, ETUC, firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile +32 486 117 394
Anthony DeAngelo, Media Outreach Specialist, AFL-CIO, email@example.com, mobile +1 202 258 8138