The Northampton arm of a campaign group will take the streets today to raise awareness of what it calls a “secretive deal with the USA” likely to give more power to big corporations.
The day of action in Northampton is part of a nationwide effort co-ordinated by independent campaign group 38 Degrees and will see campaigners talking to people about the TTIP trade deal being worked out between the UK and the US.
The group says the agreement could force NHS trusts across the country to open up to American private healthcare providers, and could allow businesses to sue the government if British laws dent their profits.
Northampton volunteers will take to Abington Street next to the Cobblers’ Last statue at 11am today, calling on people to sign the petition against TTIP, which will be delivered to politicians in October.
Thomas Churcher, a 38 Degrees member from Northampton, said: “TTIP, the biggest trade deal of a generation, seeks to change so many areas of our lives from our worker rights to the safety and quality of our food, from the power the government has to protect us, its people, to the power and control that multinational mega-rich corporations yield.”
Amy Lockwood, campaigner at 38 Degrees said: “Saturday’s day of action is all about the people of Northampton 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 almost reached 2.5 million signatures and can be found at www.38degrees.org.uk/ttip
Campaign group 38 Degrees now has more than three million members across the UK.