OPPOSITION TO a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty was recently expressed by a coalition of left-wing campaign groups, which also announced plans to protest during French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s Irish visit this month.
“The Government is going to come back to EU leaders in October with a ‘solution’ to this problem and we reject this approach,” Brendan Young of the Campaign Against the EU Constitution said at a press conference in Dublin.
“We will campaign against any re-run of the Lisbon Treaty. We will seek the largest No vote if the Government dares to re-run a treaty that people believe is dead,” he added.
Richard Boyd Barrett of the Irish Anti-War Movement said it was “clear Brian Cowen does not respect the No vote”.
“If Cowen respected the No vote he would have gone to the European Council and said the decision is final. He is not saying that. He is trying to soften the Irish people up,” he said.
A REJECTION of the treaty would bring forward the prospect of a better deal on workers’ rights, trade unionists campaigning on the No side said yesterday.
They said a No vote would increase the prospect of a “social progress” clause being agreed to protect the rights of workers.
Watch RTE News Report on press conference here
Women Say NO to the Lisbon Treaty
The Lisbon Treaty would accelerate the privatisation of health and social services, making access to these more difficult for women and children, a press conference heard.
The treaty would lead to a Europe that sees women as economic producers first and foremost, said Ailbhe Smith, academic and member of the People Before Profit organisation.
One of 10 women who spoke at a press conference of women against the treaty, she said the “much vaunted” Charter of Fundamental Rights failed to give new protections to women “and nowhere is the key issue of childcare addressed”.
Watch RTE NEWS REPORT here, press conference at end of report on Lisbon Treaty.
An alliance of groups campaigning for a No vote in the Lisbon Treaty referendum has claimed there is “no truth” in the assertion by senior trade union figures that a Yes vote will give more rights to Irish workers.
The Campaign Against the EU Constitution, an alliance of 13 groups and individuals including People Before Profit Alliance, Sinn Fén and the Socialist Party, today opened its campaign claiming Lisbon “offers nothing” to the Irish people.
It called on Ictu general secretary David Begg and Blair Horan of the CPSU to state how the Charter of Fundamental Rights, which would be made binding under Lisbon, would protect workers.
Spokesman for the campaign group Brendan Young said: “David Begg and Blair Horan are leading people to believe that the Charter of Fundamental Rights would give us more rights and that it would prevent another Laval ruling by the European Court of Justice. We are of the opinion, supported by legal advice, that there is no truth in these claims. We call on Mr Begg and Mr Horan to say precisely how the Charter would prevent another Laval ruling.”
The People Before Profit Alliance has launched its campaign calling on people to vote No in the upcoming referendum.
The group says it will be distributing thousands of leaflets and canvassing doors in 15 constituencies as part of its campaign.
The alliance describes itself as a group that wants to reverse policies that place wealth creation for the few over the welfare of communities.
It is opposing the Lisbon Treaty on three main grounds.
It says the treaty will lead to a further militarisation of the EU and obliges member states to make their facilities available for EU military activity.
It claims Lisbon reduces the areas where governments can veto policy proposals.
And the alliance also claims that the treaty makes privatisation of public services, including health and education systems, easier.
The group claims voters are not being given the facts and says voters should not be bullied into voting yes.
(Taken from: http://www.rte.ie/news/2008/0514/eulisbon.html)
The People Before Profit Alliance, speaking ahead of Fianna Fail’s launch of their Lisbon Campaign, call on the government to show the same degree of honesty as IBEC have on the Lisbon Treaty.
In a rare display of honesty IBEC exposed the neo-liberal underbelly of the Lisbon Treaty in their welcoming of the “new business opportunities” that will be opened up to Irish companies should Lisbon be ratified.
IBEC’s welcoming of the “increased opportunities for Irish business particularly in areas subject to increasing liberalisation such as health, education, transport, energy and the environment” confirm what No campaigners have long been arguing.
People before Profit spokesperson Niall Smyth commented: “Instead of trying to either frighten, bully or bore people into voting yes the People Before Profit Alliance call on the government to show the same degree of honesty displayed by IBEC and lay out the true implications of a yes vote to Lisbon.”
People Before Profit No to Lisbon Campaign Site:www.no2lisbon.wordpress.com
People Before Profit National Website:www.people-before-profit.org
The People Before Profit Alliance will formally launch their No Campaign to the Lisbon Treaty at a press conference in Buswells Hotel (Molesworth st., Dublin 2) on Wednesday 14th May at 11 am.
Speakers will include :
Ailbhe Symth (Convenor of People Before Profit),
Richard Boyd Barrett (People Before Profit election candidate, Dun Laoghaire)
Speaker from the UNITE Trade Union
For interview / confirmation contact:
Sinead Kennedy 086-2612634
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