CAMPAIGNERS will be taking their fight against a “secretive” international trade deal to the streets of Stone tomorrow.
The Transatlantic Trade and Industry Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US could pave the way for NHS services to be sold off to private American companies if it goes ahead, campaigners including organisation 38 Degrees fear.
Demonstrations are taking place at towns and cities across the West Midlands tomorrow, including Stone, where campaigners will be raising awareness in the High Street from 10.30am.
Walton resident Craig Ashton, who is involved with tomorrow’s Stone event, said: “We aim to raise public awareness about what TTIP potentially could mean to us as a country and a business. TTIP may have some small advantages, but the disadvantages of such a deal could risk tragic consequences including the gradual privatisation of the NHS and railway network.
“Not only this, but the deal has already proved disastrous for some governments who have fallen foul of their own arrangements with international big businesses. These businesses - and sometimes even sole traders - are able to sue a country for mere technicalities in the TTIP agreement in place.
“More than 10,000 volunteers will be walking the streets of England tomorrow to make the public aware of what our government is doing shiftily behind our backs.
“We might not be able to stop TTIP happening altogether, but with enough attention we may be able to force a better, less risky agreement that does not amount to asset stripping our nation's wealth.”