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ATTAC Finland Demonstrators – Ireland Vote No for Us

European ATTAC Network Declares “we have to break with the neoliberal monetary order”

“Accept austerity or face chaos”. This is the message sent by European leaders – such as José Manuel Barroso, Angela Merkel, Mario Draghi – to the Irish and Greek peoples.

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The Irish Times caught spinning for the Austerity Treaty Yes Side – or the Ups and Downs of Irish Government Propaganda!

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Funny how Stephen Collins et al were writing about how the summit meeting the EU leaders had cooked up, so to speak, would lead to sweetness and light… This is what they said yesterday:

THE GOVERNMENT is confident that the focus on growth at today’s EU summit in Brussels will boost the prospects of a Yes vote in the referendum on the fiscal treaty on May 31st.

Following the election of François Hollande as French president there were fears he might seek to have the existing treaty provisions reopened with damaging consequences for the Government’s referendum campaign.

However, Irish officials are confident Mr Hollande’s strategy now is to get agreement on a growth package to go hand-in-hand with the treaty provisions. “The need for an emphasis on growth at EU level is something the Taoiseach has been advocating since he took office and today’s summit could be a decisive step…

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Vote No Material – Plenty of it!

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Starting off this week with …That there be “a Telephone in every school in the country” and other motions (some unexpected) from the 1981 Fine Gael Ard Fheis

Then a 1965 Flyer from Frank Cluskey

To the present and an assortment of No leaflets
An “Economic Growth, Not More Austerity” -Vote NO Leaflet from Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy

United Left Alliance Factsheet “Why Vote No to the Austerity Treaty”

Vote No Leaflet from The Workers Party

Finally, is it a reaction to the prominence of Paul Murphy in the campaign that Labour are using Emer Costello a lot on their Dublin leaflets? or is it to do with funding?

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Let’s get Fiscal

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Learn More About The Fiscal Treaty at this debate.

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Let’s Get Fiscal: Women’s perspectives on the Austerity Treaty

Thursday, April 26, 7pm until 9pm Central Hotel, Exchequer St, Dublin

Mary Lou McDonald, TD, Sinn Fein’s deputy leader, will discuss the politics behind the treaty and why institutionalising austerity is bad for citizens, communities and women.

Dr Niamh Gaynor, DCU, will explain what austerity policies involve in general with a specific focus on their impact on women in African countries. Niamh will also draw parallels with women in Ireland.

Sinead Pentony, head of policy, TASC, will deconstruct the treaty itself, explain how it differs from Nice, Lisbon and other EU treaties and analyse its effects on the most marginalised in our society.

Clare Daly, TD, ULA, will examine the outcome of four years of austerity and explain why she is calling for a No vote in the forthcoming referendum.

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April 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Challenge “A Travesty of Justice”

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Answering the Question ““is this travesty of justice just going to go unchallenged?”

We will challenge it!

Tomás Ó Flatharta

The paper below on the Fiscal Compact (Austerity) Treaty, dated 12th April, was prepared for the Irish Congress of Trade Unions executive by General Secretary David Begg following the ICTU executive committee meeting of 9th March.

It seems that the blackmail clause is necessary for David Begg too. In a paper which is 80% a useful demolition of the Treaty from a social democratic point of view, an excuse that the wording does not really copper fasten austerity and, especially, the projected inaccessibility of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) for a second bail out following a rejection, leads to the conclusion, encapsulated in the final sentence:

“While the treaty is wrong from our economic and social perspective it becomes hard to oppose it unless a satisfactory alternative to the ESM can be advanced.”

It appears that his will be the leading proposal to go before the relevant ICTU executive meeting for…

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Vote No to Austerity Europe – No to the Treaty on Stability, Co-ordination and Governance – Platform of the Campaign Against the Austerity Treaty

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Vote No to Austerity Europe – No to the Treaty on Stability, Co-ordination and Governance – Platform of the Campaign Against the Austerity Treaty

The proposed new Treaty on Stability, Co-ordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union– in reality an Austerity Treaty – is an undemocratic attempt to institutionalize austerity across Europe. Its ‘Fiscal Compact’ would deny the right of Member State governments to run a ‘structural’ budget deficit of more than 0.5%. This would remove the democratic right of national parliaments to decide national budgets, with that power shifting to the unelected European Commission and European Court of Justice. This would be a fundamental transfer of power away from elected governments. We call for a ‘No’ vote in the referendum.

The demand for “balanced budgets”, and fines of hundreds of millions of euro for countries which breach EU targets, is an attempt to impose austerity regardless of what government is elected or what mass movements against austerity develop. This attack on democratic rights is part of the same process that has seen elected governments in Greece and Italy replaced by ex-bankers, who represent the interests of the powerful and wealthy.

The proposed Austerity Treaty will not revive the economy or reduce unemployment. It would result in a Europe where millions are out of work for years; where welfare and other benefits are driven down; where education, health and other essential services are cut. It would exacerbate the differences between rich and poor, and between the wealthy core and indebted peripheral countries – shifting the burden of the crisis onto ordinary people.

The proposed Austerity Treaty is a means to compel governments to reduce public spending so as to pay public debt. But public debt has grown because banks have been given €billions to stop them collapsing or because the rich paid little or no tax – not because of excessive spending on public services. Yet the banks and financial markets now insist that governments must become more “credit-worthy”: spending cuts are demanded – to ensure that the state can pay debts that were taken on to bail out the banks in the first place.

Cutting public spending on health, education and welfare will only make the current crisis worse. The economy is in recession, yet €billions of accumulated profits are not being invested productively. Instead, money has gone into financial speculation, which is at the root of the financial crisis and has fuelled the growth of huge debt on the part of households, businesses and states.

In the past, recession and a refusal to invest profits were addressed by state investment in public works. But the Austerity Treaty would prevent states from running deficits to fund public works; it would further reduce economic demand and risks turning this recession into a long-term depression.

The decision on the Austerity Treaty is about the kind of Europe we want: a Europe for the millions or for the millionaires. The real issue in a referendum will not be the Euro or membership of the EU. It will be a choice between accepting an EU Austerity Union, with protection for the wealthy and poverty for ordinary people; or struggling with others across Europe for a People’s Europe, where the priorities are democracy and equality, full employment, social protection and sustainable development.

We call for a ‘No’ vote:

  • This referendum is about a fundamental transfer of powers and the institutionalization of austerity.

Our alternative to the Austerity Treaty, we call for:

  • democratic control of decision-making at national and European levels – especially of economic decisions;

  • the bailed-out banks to be put under public, democratic control – to serve interests of the majority rather than the super-rich minority;

  • an end to cuts in education, health, social services and welfare benefits; and cuts made since 2008 and those imposed under the EU-IMF must be reversed;

  • the EU and its member states to prioritize both national and trans-European programs of public works to immediately provide employment and sustainable development.

 

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