TUC warns new approach to trade advisory groups will exclude workers’ voices

By Agencies
August 27, 2020

On 26 August 2020,  International Trade Secretary Liz Truss launched 11 new trade advisory groups (TAGs) covering a range of key industry and business sectors. Making the announcement the Secretary of State said, "This is about bringing business closer to the negotiating table and using their expertise to help secure the best possible deals that deliver jobs and growth across Britain."

The 11 Trade Advisory Groups are:

  • Agri-Food
  • Automotive, Aerospace and Marine
  • British Manufacturing and Consumer Goods
  • Investment
  • Life Sciences
  • Tech and Telecoms
  • Chemicals
  • Financial Services
  • Professional Advisory Services
  • Transport Services

Responding to the announcement TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “When ministers sit at the negotiating table to make trade deals, they must be properly briefed on the needs of Britain's working people.

“But the new advisory group structure will mean workers have less of a say. It means fewer groups with union seats. It upsets the balance between the voices of workers and business. And it means UK workers will get less of a say than workers in the US and the EU, where unions have a real voice in the negotiating process.

“The UK needs trade deals that promote good jobs, protect workers’ rights and safeguard public services like the NHS. The government must reconsider. It is hard to see how our trade deals can be negotiated in the wider public interest if workers’ voices are excluded.”

* Read the Government announcement here

* View the membership lists of the Trade Advisory Groups here

* Trades Union Congress https://www.tuc.org.uk/

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