Teachers unions oppose TTIP ahead of vote
An alliance of 483 European groups, including some of Ireland's largest teachers unions, have penned an open letter to all European MEPs calling on them to oppose the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal.
The resolution before the European Parliament today aims to outline the parameters for negotiation for the proposed trade deal that would create the world's largest free-trade zone.
Today's vote is not a vote on accepting TTIP itself. A vote on the TTIP is not expected until some time in 2016.
The open letter, sent to all MEPs in their native languages, has been signed by members of the Stop-TTIP Alliance in each member state. Irish members include the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland, the Irish Federation of University Teachers and the Teachers' Union of Ireland.
So far 2.3m people have signed the Stop-TTIP Alliance petition. The letter claims the TTIP poses a threat to basic European principles. One of the key fears relates to a transnational arbitration system, which opponents claim could allow firms to sue national governments.