15 May 2013
RMT calls for workers’ voice in EU debate
THE RMT transport workers’ union has attacked the mainstream media for only using right-wing voices from the anti-EU side of the debate when in fact it is the working class that are suffering most across Europe as a result of the bankers and business-led austerity measures.
RMT General Secretary and Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) Steering Committee member Bob Crow said: “Across Europe, and specifically in Spain and Greece which are at the eye of the storm, it is the working class who are suffering the most as democracy is ripped apart and the EU and the central bank demand cuts to jobs, wages and pensions and wholesale privatisation of public assets.
“RMT will not sit back and allow this debate to be dominated by UKIP and the right wing of the Tory party”.
Outlining his union’s position for an early referendum, he went on: “RMT will continue to set out the left wing, pro-worker case for British withdrawal from the EU that puts jobs, standards of living, democracy and public services centre stage. The truth is that you cannot be both pro-EU and anti-austerity when the whole structure of the European project is dominated by the interests of bankers and big business, the driving forces behind the imposition of austerity measures across the continent”.
TUSC has a core policy statement which was agreed for the 2010 general election (see http://www.tusc.org.uk/policy.php) and which still stands as our coalition’s basic national policy. It includes the point:
* For an independent foreign policy, based on international solidarity – no more being a US poodle, no moves towards a capitalist, militarist United States of Europe, no to the Lisbon treaty.
Which other party regularly contesting elections in Britain today can say the same?