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Reilly calls on Trade Unions and Civil Society to reject Austerity Treaty

14 March, 2012


Sinn Féin’s EU Spokesperson Senator Kathryn Reilly has called on the Trade Union movement in particular and civil society to unite and reject and the Austerity Treaty.

Speaking during a Seanad debate on the Treaty Senator Reilly said:

“This is like nothing that we have been asked to ratify before. In previous referenda there were always progressive voices who argued that on balance the EU was a force for good and that EU integration would bring benefits. Those voices won’t be heard this time.

“There is nothing progressive in this treaty.

“There is not one article in this treaty that can be thought of in any way of being of benefit to social justice, to the environment, to women’s rights, to children’s rights, to young people or to any progressive sector of society. This is a purely economic treaty and the economics contained within it are bad, are right-wing and will not work.

“Sinn Fein is therefore calling on civil society and trade unions in particular to back up their rhetoric and to stand up against this treaty. This treaty is too important to keep quiet about. Civil society and workers must organise and campaign against it. There is no justification for any other response. There should be no other action considered except to reject outright this austerity treaty.”

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