From Socialist Voice, July 2010

Letter

Labour Party and trade unions will not challenge IBEC


Brendan McGinty of IBEC (18 June) is certain that the Lisbon Treaty has not created a legal right to collective bargaining, and his erstwhile “Yes to Lisbon” Labour Party and trade union allies have not seriously challenged him.
     Why are they so silent now when they touted the Lisbon Treaty and the accompanying Charter of Fundamental Rights as a virtual Bill of Rights for employees in this country? They are also silent on his preposterous claim that creating such a legal right would threaten thousands of jobs by frightening off multinationals. Did we lose the 46,200 jobs in this country since Lisbon 2 because of this threat?
     And did the thousands of jobs promised by IBEC, the Labour Party, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael not materialise because would-be employers were afraid that Lisbon had turned Ireland’s green and pleasant land into a virtual workers’ republic?
     Kevin McCorry
     Bridgetown,
     Co. Wexford

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