Latest Poll shows establishment parties out of touch with people’s views on Lisbon- People Before Profit Alliance
The latest Irish Times Poll shows establishment parties out of touch with people’s views on Lisbon- People Before Profit Alliance. The People Before Profit Alliance is campaigning against the Lisbon Treaty because of the impacts a ratified Treaty will have on democracy, public services and militarisation.
People Before Profit will be delivering tens of thousands of leaflets and canvassing in the last few days of the campaign.
Ailbhe Smyth, spokesperson for People Before Profit Alliance said:
“This recent poll confirms the message we’re hearing from voters all over the country: the Treaty is incomprehensible, the explanatory brochure from the Referendum Commission fails to explain it, and the YES side can’t manage to give us any sound reasons as to why we should vote Yes. We have felt the tide turning in the No direction over the past few days and believe that the Treaty will be closely rejected by the electorate.”
Richard Boyd Barrett of the People Before Profit Alliance said:
“The results of the Poll show that a majority of Irish people are opposed to the Lisbon Treaty as they are concerned about the increasing power of the EU, the introduction of water charges, private companies into public services, the reduction in worker’s conditions and the drive to increase military cooperation that is at the heart of the Lisbon Treaty.
For No speakers from People Before Profit contact:
Ailbhe Smyth 0872055433
Richard Boyd Barrett 0876329511
Eddie Conlon 0876775468
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.
The much vaunted Charter of Fundamental Rights is nothing but soft-sell window-dressing, according to Ailbhe Smyth, Co-Convenor of the People Before Profit Alliance.
“It was designed to shift the focus of attention from the market, business and profit-driven thrust of the Treaty as a whole. The vast majority of the rights included are already protected by other European and international human rights instruments, and that it fails to provide important new EU-wide rights for citizens.”
“Rights enumerated in the Charter are applicable only to the areas of EU law, and many of the articles contain a clause limiting rights ‘in accordance with national laws and practices’.”
“The Charter in fact rolls back workers’ rights by failing to include a clause requiring the recognitions of trades unions. Basing its judgements on the Charter, the European Court of Justice has recently ruled against workers’ rights and in favour of employers and business interests. She added that nowhere in the Charter, nor in the Treaty as a whole, is there any commitment to the eradication of poverty.”
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