DELEGATES at the Scottish Labour conference have voted overwhelmingly to oppose antidemocratic trade deal Ceta because it will “increase inequality and give increasing powers to big business.”
Moving the motion, Unison delegate Angela Feeney warned that the pact between the EU and Canada would cost jobs and “make it easier to open up our public services to private companies.”
It also represents a “massive empowerment of corporations at the expense of democratically elected governments,” she added.
Unite political officer Jackson Cullinane warned that Ceta contained the worst characteristics of the rejected TTIP pact between the EU and the US, including a secret court system “closed to ordinary people and trade unions.”
These courts would seek to “undermine democracy by overturning government decisions” if they threaten corporate profits, he added.
The motion called for the conference to express its disappointment in the two Scottish Labour MEPs who have voted for it in the European Parliament.