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Our last chance. Ireland, Say NO to Lisbon Treaty.
From London daily The Morning Star:
Do better this time
(Thursday 11 December 2008)
THE Irish government’s readiness to comply with pressure from other EU member states to hold a second referendum on the Lisbon so-called reform treaty emphasises its failure to champion its own citizens’ referendum decision.
Ever since the Irish people trounced the entire political establishment by rejecting the treaty, which they saw correctly as the repackaged EU constitution that had already been rejected by both Dutch and French voters, Dublin has sought ways to undermine them.
Its shame-faced embarrassment has been matched by the degree of contempt for Irish democracy voiced by its so-called partners.
Refusing to accept that the Irish people have a right to reject the document drawn up by the unelected and unaccountable EU commission, eurocrats and their allies in member governments have portrayed the clear referendum majority as a problem for the Irish government alone.
They have confirmed the view consistently reiterated by opponents of an EU superstate, namely that advocates of a centralised EU have contempt for national democracy and popular sovereignty.
Their philosophy was applied in previous instances of individual states voting against certain treaties.
You have to keep on voting until you get it right. Only votes that welcome the trend to continent-wide centralisation are valid.
They will pay lip service to certain issues until the ink of Ireland’s signature is dry on the treaty and will then push on to break new ground and reverse previous concessions, opt-outs and protocols.
They will “guarantee” Irish neutrality at the same time as pushing ahead with military integration and expanded capability to fight the resource wars of the 21st century.
They will do the same for workers’ rights, even though the harsh reality of EU neoliberal economics and the blatantly political European Court of Justice (ECJ) leaves the Brussels spin doctors and tricksters with less room for manoeuvre.
When EU commission president Jacques Delors came to the British TUC in 1988, in the darkest days of Thatcherism, he succeeded in winning TUC leaders into believing that not only was the EU a haven for workers’ rights but that becoming “good Europeans” was the best way to achieve similar rights here.
And yet every reference to workers’ rights in EU treaties and directives since then has carried the rider that rights must be in accordance with “national laws and practices.”
They were part of an EU-wide project of driving down pay, undermining collective agreements and eroding democratic control over public contracts through the “country of origin” principle which allows the worst practice of some countries to be smuggled into others with higher standards.
Refusal by the EU elite to shift ground on these issues should give pause to Irish trade unionists who may be tempted to fall for a “do better this time” second referendum.
And it should open the eyes of many in this country to the reality of workers’ rights in the EU.
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