At the regular meeting of its National Executive Committee the Communist Party of Ireland once again called on working people to resist the bullying and ideological terror now being unleashed by the Government to force the people to support the Austerity Treaty and to come out and vote No. 

POLITICAL STATEMENT
 
26 May 2012
 
At the regular meeting of its National Executive Committee the Communist Party 
of Ireland once again called on working people to resist the bullying and 
ideological terror now being unleashed by the Government to force the people to 
support the Austerity Treaty and to come out and vote No. 
 
There is nothing in this treaty for working people, but rather it is a road that 
we must resist being bullied and pushed down. It is a road that will lead to 
greater control by monopoly corporations, in particular by finance capital, to 
the further erosion of democracy and the further marginalising of the people. 
These treaties are for limiting the options of the people: no matter who they 
vote for, they will be unable to effect change. 
 
The two new treaties are nothing more than an unbreakable debt trap, and the 
bait to lure the people in is the possibility of another loan if the state needs 
it. Our people cannot afford the price of the first loan from the EU-ECB-IMF, 
never mind a second one on top.
 
The policy of austerity, both north and south, implemented by the Irish state 
and imposed on the people of the North by the British government, is the 
equivalent of a hurricane cutting through large swathes of the public services, 
leaving a trail of broken dreams and shattered lives.
 
The recent report by the trade union Mandate laid bare the real cost to workers 
in the intensification of exploitation and the marked transfer of wealth from 
workers to bosses, with 39 per cent of its members taking a drop in pay through 
cuts, taxes, and levies of €109 per week.
 
We welcome the fact that at least four trade unions have came out to campaign 
for a No vote, while leading elements within the ICTU leadership prostrate 
themselves at the feet of the EU and its puppet Irish government, unable to 
summon up the political courage to defend the interests of the Irish working 
class. They have lost any claim they ever had to be the heirs of the legacy of 
Connolly and Larkin.
 
Once again the Labour Party has sided with the forces of imperialism and are 
willing hired guns for big business to rob the people of the services they have 
contributed taxes and struggled long and hard to have established.
 
Regardless of the result of the referendum, the struggle and resistance of the 
people must continue to be built. What is increasingly clear is that the 
European Union and the forces of monopoly capitalism cannot produce policies 
that will be in the interests of working people. 
 
Slowly but surely, the penny is beginning to drop, and a small but nevertheless 
growing section of the Irish working class understands that the EU and the 
economic and social system that it was set up to protect is part of the problem, 
not part of the solution.
 
The choice is clear. If we are to provide work for the mass of unemployed, 
decent living standards, a proper education system for our country’s children, 
to provide comfort and security for our pensioners, and a hospital bed or doctor 
for those who need them, then we have a clear choice to make. Decisions must be 
made that are in the interests of the Irish people and not in the interests of 
the European Union. These interests are not compatible.