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EFFAT joins 250,000 in Berlin in demonstration against TTIP


EFFAT joined scores of people who marched in Berlin on Saturday 10 October to oppose TTIP, the free trade deal between the European Union and the United States which is expected to be detrimental to food safety and to lower environmental standards. Anti TTIP activists also rallied against CETA (EU/Canada) and the TISA agreement.

Trade unions, environmental groups, charities and opposition parties took part in the march from the railway station in central Berlin to the national parliament. According to activists, 250,000 people turned up for the event.

A large delegation from the IUF-affiliated Italian food workers union FLAI-CGIL was among the international trade unions that travelled to Berlin to show opposition to the agreement.

Demonstrations were held across Europe in a week of actions which included the collection of three million signatures, calling on the Commission to reverse its support for the deals and hold a hearing in the European Parliament. The Commission has rejected the petition.

Pictures: © Pietro Ruffolo FLAI- CGIL (Italy)

EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.