Cardiff Euro Summit Demonstration - Saturday 13th June
NO TO BIG BUSINESS EUROPE - YES TO JOBS, PUBLIC SERVICES AND DEMOCRACY!
NA I EWROP Y BUSNESAU MAWRION - IE I SWYDDI, GWASANAETHAU CYHOEDDUS A DEMOCRATIAETH!
The next Summit of European Union leaders will be held in Cardiff on the 15th and 16th of June. This conference will plan the next steps in European integration and moves towards a single currency.Despite all the fine words, the Europe we currently live in is one of high unemployment, low-pay and increasing insecurity. The demands of »labour flexibility« mean that even those people with jobs are suffering more stress and uncertainty about the future. Racism and intolerance are on the rise, as black people, immigrants and refugees are wrongly blamed for economic and social problems.
The two conferences held in 1997, in Amsterdam and Luxembourg, failed to address any of these problems. Indeed, they agreed policies which will only deepen existing problems - to create an European Union (EU) of big business and the rich - at the expense of working class people.
We, the undersigned, support a different kind of Europe. We call for an international demonstration at the Cardiff Summit, on Saturday 13th June, uniting all those who broadly support the points below:
We are asking for donations of £ 25 from organisations, £ 5 from individuals (£ 2 unemployed).
Initial sponsors include:Unemployed: National Combine of Unemployed Workers' Centres · Unemployed Action Group · Euromarch Network · European Network of the Unemployed · Cardiff Unemployed Workers' Centre · St Helens TUC Community Resource Centre · St Helens Unemployed Action Group · Salford TUC Centre for the Unemployed Trades Councils: Cardiff County · Merthyr · Merseyside County Association · Tyne & Wear County Association · St Helens · Wirral · Liverpool · Wolverhampton & Bilston · Waltham Forest · Lambeth · Lancashire Association · Greater London Association
Trade Unions: CPSA Benefits Agency Cardiff & District · NAPO South Wales · MSF Central London · CWU Central London Engineering · Trade Unions Against Maastricht
Pensioners & Others: Merseyside Pensioners Liaison Committee · St Helens Pensioners Action Group · Beechwood Summerhill Community Trust Centre · Birmingham Community Conference
Political & Campaigns: Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (Welsh Language Society) · Cardiff West Labour Party · Mid Rhondda Plaid Cymru · Welfare State Network · Campaign Group Network · Communist Party of Britain · Socialist Party · Socialist Outlook · Greater London Against Maastricht · Socialist Alliance Network
Individuals: Darren Williams (Wales Labour Party Executive) · Peter Leverton (Wales TUC General Council) · Adam Price & Cllr. Alun Cox (Plaid Cymru National Executive) · Cllr. Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru) · Kevin Halpin (Liaison Committee for the Defence of Trades Unions) - all in a personal capacity