Saturday, 25 October 2014

From The Liberty Wall – National Liberal Trade Unionists – Britain Needs A Pay Rise
SATURDAY 18th OCTOBER saw tens of thousands of Trade Unionists on the streets of Belfast, Glasgow and London.  They were protesting about pay and austerity.

The demonstrations – held under the slogan Britain Needs a Pay Risewere organised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).  The largest march and demo was held in London where around 80,000 – 90,000 attended.  The London demo was well supported by members of Wales TUC (TUC Cymru) who had chartered a train from Cardiff.

As Britain’s public services seem to be under direct attack from the Con-Dem Government, it came as no surprise that many teachers, civil servants, nurses and other NHS workers took part.

The three demonstrations followed public sector strikes earlier in the week.

According to TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady, the demos were held to highlight the fact that the “average worker is £50 a week worse off than in 2007 and five million earn less than the living wage…If politicians wonder why so many feel excluded from the democratic process, they should start with bread and butter living standards.”

Reflecting on the TUC demonstrations, a National Liberal Trade Unionist (NLTU) spokesman said:

“Cameron and Clegg should dump their austerity agenda.  It’s not working.  It punishes those who’re not responsible for Britain’s economic woes.  Thousands of ordinary British workers are being paid a pittance – the ‘working poor’ – or thrown onto the scrapheap.  At the same time, those who make up the elite are still making money hand over fist.

The recession was brought on by ‘casino capitalism’ – a mixture of greed and mistakes made by the bankers, ‘fat cats’ and speculators.  If anyone should be punished it should be these wide boys and shysters.”

• FOR more information about the National Liberal Trade Unionists click here: http://nationalliberal.org/liberty-wall-3/national-liberal-trade-unionist

• CHECK out the NLTU Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/277840098977231/

• CHECK out the NLTUs first e-poster here: http://nationalliberal.org/from-the-liberty-wall-%e2%80%93-national-liberal-trade-unionists-%e2%80%93-do-immigrants-cause-unemployment

• CHECK out the following NLTU debates:
National Liberal Trade Unionists Debate 1 – How Can we Achieve Our Main Aims? (19/08/2013) http://nationalliberal.org/from-the-liberty-wall-national-liberal-trade-unionists-debate-1-how-can-we-achieve-our-main-aims

National Liberal Trade Unionists Debate 2 – What Should Be Re-Nationalised? (02/10/2013) http://nationalliberal.org/from-the-liberty-wall-%e2%80%93-national-liberal-trade-unionists-debate-2-%e2%80%93-what-should-be-re-nationalised

National Liberal Trade Unionists Debate 5 – Bob Crow: What Is His Legacy? (18/03/14) http://nationalliberal.org/from-the-liberty-wall-%e2%80%93-national-liberal-trade-unionists-%e2%80%93-bob-crow-what-is-his-legacy

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Minimum wages around Europe

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Open Up Your Eyes … And Say NO To The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership!
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THE NATIONAL LIBERAL PARTY has just issued its latest Open Your Eyes e-poster.  This ad-hoc series of e-posters has been on the go since the start of last year and are normally self explanatory.  For instance, we’ve produced posters in support of press freedom opposing the privatisation of the Post Office and so on.

This latest e-poster is different as it concerns the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – TTIP.  But why is it so different?  The main reason is its subject matter.  Let’s be honest, how many readers have even heard of the TTIP?  Another reason is the dangers posed by TTIP to the peoples and nations of Europe and the US.

However, frst things first.  The TTIP (also known as the Transatlantic Free Trade Area – TAFTA) is a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and the United States of America.

Its supporters claim that it will stimulate economic growth leaving everyone better off.  However, the NLP is not so sure.  We believe that the only winner here will be capitalism.  In our view TTIP will only strengthen the powers of trans-national corporations, big business individuals and the banksters.

We feel that the introduction of TTIP will – in particular – see the final nail in the coffin of public services in this country.  We think that it’ll open up the doors for multinational corporations to take over the NHS as well as any remaining public services.  Indeed, the Tories (in particular) seem to view the likes of the NHS as a mere business commodity, where ‘unprofitable’ sections are done away with – whilst the rest is sold off to the highest bidder.  If this happens, ordinary working folks will be in danger of losing their hard earned rights and conditions.

We also suspect that TTIP will make it more difficult for sovereign governments to regulate markets for public benefit.  This will tip the balance of power (between the interests of the nation and people against that of capitalism) wholly in favour of unelected and undemocratic international corporations.

Instead of leaving eveyone better off, the capitalist system will find it even easier – and more profitable – to switch their resources and operations around the globe in order to avoid paying taxes. This’ll ensure that the distribution of weath – both in individual nations and across the globe – will become even more pronounced.  The gap between the obscenely rich elite and the rest of us will become even more visable.

You have been warned!

• CHECK OUT the National Liberal Party’s previous E-Posters here:

• Open Your Eyes And Say NO To The Privitisation Of The Post Office (2702/13) http://nationalliberal.org/open-up-your-eyes-and-say-no-to-the-privatisation-of-the-post-office

• Open Your Eyes And Say NO To The Bedroom Tax (26/03/13) http://nationalliberal.org/open-up-your-eyes-and-say-no-to-the-bedroom-tax

• Open Your Eyes And Say YES To Private Enterprise (16/04/13) http://nationalliberal.org/open-up-your-eyes-and-say-yes-to-private-enterprise

• Open Your Eyes And Say YES To Supporting Local Shops (31/05/13) http://nationalliberal.org/open-up-your-eyes-and-say-yes-to-supporting-local-shops

• Open Your Eyes And Say NO To British Troops In Syria (07/07/13) http://nationalliberal.org/open-up-your-eyes-%e2%80%a6-and-say-no-to-british-troops-in-syria


• Open Your Eyes And Say YES To A National Liveable Wage (30/09/13) http://nationalliberal.org/open-up-your-eyes-and-say-yes-a-national-liveable-wage

• Open Your Eyes And Say NO To Austerity (02/02/14) http://nationalliberal.org/open-up-your-eyes-and-say-no-to-austerity

• Open Your Eyes And Say YES To Press Freedom (30/06/14) http://nationalliberal.org/open-up-your-eyes-and-say-yes-to-press-freedom

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