Modstanden mod Lissabon-traktaten – en sminket udgave af den EU-traktat som blev nedstemt i folkeafstemninger i både Frankrig og Holland øger lavinartet på den grønne ø. Irerne som har kæmpet mod britisk koloni-herredømme organiserer nu modstanden mod den Lissabontraktat som irerne som det eneste folk i Europa får en lovlig chance at siger nej senere i ugen.
Debatten raser nu i Irland : Her er et udpluk : “Martha” henviser – helt relevant – til FN´s menneskerettighedsdeklaration i et indlæg“:
Article 29.2 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads as follows:
“In the exercise of his (and her) rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a DEMOCRATIC society.”
How can the European Union claim be a genuine “democratic society” when the vast majority of its population is being prevented from voting on an issue so important as the Lisbon Treaty?
Stuart Miller fra JA- siden dummer sig, ved at henvise til EF-domstolens godkendelse af den lettiske skruebrækker-virksomheds LAVAL´s dumpning af lønningerne på skolebyggeriet i Vaxholm. Det har bragt selv de mest indbidte socialdemkratiske EU-tilhængere på oprørets rand: Samtidigt som Mr. Miller forsøger at bilde de irske læsere ind at LAVAL lønnede arbejderne i Vaxholm ifølge den svenske byggeindustri-overenskomst hvilket er en løgn, skriver han følgende:
“The facts about the Swedish building contract are that a Latvian company, Laval & Partneri, won a Swedish public tender and completed a school construction project using labour engaged in Latvia, at Latvian rates of pay and in contravention of Swedish government-union agreed rates and working conditions (http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2005/01/feature/lv0…f.htm). The ECJ upheld the Latvian employers right to engage labour according to Latvian law and upheld the workers free right of engagement anywhere in the EU (http://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/3264). It is widely unreported that the dual judgement of the ECJ also required compliance with all Swedish legislation (i.e. the law, not government-union agreement) and required full rights for all employees recruited within the country of employment.
Modstanden er omfattende og organiserer sig stadig bedre og når ud til stadig bredere masser i blandt irerne, Sådan skriver de selv :
A broad spectrum of campaigners from Health, trade Unions, mental health campaigners, councillors, academics, writers and community activists came together today to offer their vision of Europe and to challenge the neoliberal anti-woman and anti human agenda. Ailbhe Smuyth ably chaired a thorough and concise platform of speakers who addressed many parts of the treaty and how it is being sold to us. Rita Fagan of St Michaels Estate outlined the devastating consequences of privatisation on communities whose housing needs are not being provided for by market led policies. Bríd Smith, on behalf of Unite argued that because of the Laval case workers, in particular women swill not benefit when capital has more rights over people. Cathleen O Neill a veteran campaigner highlighted the neglect in particular within the health service while Maire O’Connor described the American health companies who have been caught as fraudsters in the States now swooping in on the galloping pace of health privatisation in Ireland. Sinead Kennedy noted how the Women for a yes vote at their press conference yesterday had rewritten womens history in Ireland and the EU claiming that the EU brought about positive change, neglecting the fact that women and men had campaigned and fought vigorously for equality, including many of those at the press conference. Catherine Connolly described reading the treaty, which costs €42 to buy, a reason in itself to vote no another commented, and how so much of it was vague except for the 20 pages on militarism which used phrases like ‘we shall’ rather than vague intentions which have no legal meaning when it came to other issues.
Chairing the press conference, Ailbhe Smyth said: “Women should not be bullied into saying Yes to Lisbon because ‘Europe has been good for us’. We are voting on the Lisbon Treaty, not on past benefits of EU membership, and Lisbon places the interests of the market, not people, at the heart of the European project.”
Lisbon would harm the interests of women in Ireland and throughout the EU in the following ways:
* It would accelerate the opening up of essential social services such as health and education to privatisation, with disastrous consequences for the welfare of families, and for women who are at the frontline as both users and workers.