Vote to leave
Clydebank Trades Union Council has long been a critic of the European Union from a left wing position and have submitted numerous motions to our parent body the STUC, this year’s being no exception.
The pro EU position of the STUC just scraped through by a narrow majority at this years congress after heavy lobbying by the leadership.
Trade unionists who opposed the EU (not Europe) made the arguments that the institution is the creation of big business and operates in the interests of the transnational corporations which dominate our society here and elsewhere.
Rather than protect workers’ rights, the EU promotes zero hour contracts, casualization and low pay.
It promotes labour movement “flexibility”, a made up word by which this model is sold.
The suspension of trade union collective bargaining is a condition of EU “bailouts” in Ireland, Portugal, Romania, and Greece as trade union rights are an obstacle to EU plans for restructuring labour markets.
In European Court of Justice rulings business ‘rights to establishment’ trumps workers’ rights every time.
Various EU directives, regulations, policies and the EU criteria, force public services into the private sector. EU ‘bailout’ loans are conditional on selling of the public sector. Any directives in support of workers are crumbs off the table.
As argued by Tony Benn, Bob Crow, Dennis Skinner and indeed Jeremy Corbyn for many years, the European Union is a big business club. The working class should vote to leave the EU on June 23 and join the world.
Tom Morrison Secretary Clydebank TUC