‘The EU Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance will condemn future generations to a permanent regime of austerity and unemployment’, Communist Party international secretary John Foster told the party’s Political Committee on Wednesday (February 29)
‘The proposed treaty is designed to abrogate democracy in all EU member states and end any possibility of working people advancing alternatives to policies which maximise big business profits’, he told the meeting in London.
Mr Foster pointed out that the people of Ireland will shortly have the opportunity to reject this new treaty in a referendum. He urged communists, socialists and trade unionists across Europe to give every assistance to ‘all those in Ireland defending their national sovereignty and battling to halt the EU-imposed austerity cuts and mass privatisation’.
‘Privatisation is also the hallmark of our Con-Dem government’, Mr Foster remarked, ‘and its disastrous austerity policies follow the same EU guidelines and have already pushed Britain into a new recession with levels of unemployment not seen for two decades’.
The CPB political committee announced that the Communist Parties of Ireland, Portugal and Britain have drawn up a joint statement inviting communist and workers’ parties across Europe to declare their support for militant, mass resistance to austerity and privatisation programmes
Britain’s communists are also urging trades unions and the labour movement to mark Budget Day on March 21 with demands to end public sector cuts and invest massively in infrastructure and industry instead. They point out that United States government support for a green retooling of the motor industry has already saved over a million jobs at the cost of only $24 billion – far less than the cost of bailing out the Royal Bank of Scotland.
‘The fact that such support for industry would be illegal here under EU law only underlines the need for an urgent examination of alternative, democratically accountable structures for international economic cooperation and for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU’, Mr Foster declared.
‘There can be no defence of our productive economy, no rebuilding of the public sector and no effective defence of the welfare state within the EU as constituted today’, he insisted.
The CPB condemned the ongoing British and US military build-up in the Middle East and the growing demands for military intervention in Syria and Iran from Israel and the ‘deeply anti-democratic’ states of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The Communist Party political committee also decided to:
* Support the calls for a negotiated settlement in Syria and an end to wars for oil and imperialism.
* Urge support for Saturday’s Stop the War conference in London.
* Attend the Israeli Communist Party congress later this month.
* Mobilise for International Women’s Day events being organised by the Co-ordinating Committee of Communist Parties in Britain at Marx House, London on March 10.
* Congratulate the electricians for their successful strike action against Balfour Beatty.
* Urge a big turn-out for the March 7 parliamentary lobby against the government’s bill to marketise and privatise the NHS.
* Call for maximum solidarity with the industrial action against pension cuts on March 28.
* Welcome the positive response to the Morning Star conference ‘For a People’s Britain, Not a Bankers’ Britain’ on March 31.
* Urge CPB branches to stand local council candidates in May and campaign against the introduction of more directly-elected mayors with autocratic powers.