Who we are

We are a coalition of trade unions, campaigning organisations and local activists. We came together in 2015 to oppose TTIP and CETA – two big trade deals being negotiated by the EU, US and Canada that threatened to give new powers to corporations while privatising our public services, and weakening the democratic rights of ordinary citizens. Working with a wider coalition across Europe, our campaign was successful in stopping TTIP in its tracks, and endangering the ratification of CETA.

Now we have left the EU, our focus has moved to bad trade deals the UK is threatening to make with other countries – for example the UK-US trade deal which has recently been shelved. We are also campaigning for better scrutiny of trade deals, and fought to amend the trade bill at Westminster to make the development of trade policy and trade deals a properly democratic process. Unfortunately, we lost that fight for now – but we know there will be more opportunities to demand change and we are keeping our eyes peeled.  We still believe that this time of change could be a time of opportunity for the UK and Scotland to develop a properly inclusive, democratic and ethical trade policy. We’ve developed a set of principles for a just trade system that we believe all trade deals should be based on.

The coalition meets regularly to organise lobbying meetings with politicians, hold public awareness events and local stalls, as well as developing our campaign opposing TTIP-style trade deals after Brexit, and calling for a more ethical trade policy. We have been meeting online over the last year when Covid has made it difficult to meet in person, and in spite of the Covid restrictions, managed to take part in a very successful day of action opposing a UK-US trade deal last October.

If you are interested in getting involved, as an individual activist, or as an organisation, please get in touch.

Members of the Trade Justice Scotland Coalition

CND Ayrshire

Commonweal

Compassion in World Farming Scotland

Friends of the Earth Scotland

Global Justice Now

Global Justice Ayrshire

Global Justice Glasgow

Hope not Hate Greater Glasgow

Jubilee Scotland

Nourish Scotland

Open Rights Group Scotland

Public and Commercial Services Union Scotland

The Professional Trade Unions for Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers Scotland

Radical Independence Campaign

RMT

Scottish Fair Trade Forum

Scottish Pensioners Forum

St Andrews TTIP Action Group

STUC

The People’s Assembly Scotland

University and College Union

UNISON Scotland

Union Solidarity international

War on Want

Women for Independence