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Lennox Herald - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

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

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