05/11/2011 - EU and immigration: Sign the petitions!

MANY TRADE UNIONISTS will have been sickened at the way David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband united to ensure that MPs voted against allowing the British people a vote in a referendum on the EU.

For the three Party leaders ensured their respective MPs were instructed on how to vote. 

If a free vote had been allowed – one without the threat of a three line whip – the result might have been different.

However, in the event only 111 MPs defied their Party whip and supported a referendum.  This meant that the 483 MPs who voted against allowing a referendum also voted against democracy! 

Although the Millionaires in the Con-Dem Cabinet – and Labour ‘opposition’ – won this particular battle, they haven’t yet won the war.

For the Campaign for a Referendum (a cross party initiative) has just launched another petition to force another debate on the EU! 

(Trade Unionists will be aware that the Parliamentary Reform Bill ensures that any petition of 100,000 signatures is eligible for a formal debate in the House of Commons.  The Campaign for a Referendum led by Independent MEP Nikki Sinclaire, gathered 120,000 signatures demanding a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU and so triggered the debate in Parliament on 24 October).

As a pan-nationalist union we are opposed to the EU.  We want to maintain our sovereignty and independence, and ensure that the hard-won rights of British workers are not trampled on by this superstate. 

We view the EU as a dreamland for capitalists – and a nightmare for ordinary workers.

Thus Solidarity calls upon all members and supporters to work towards collecting the 100,000 signatures needed for this new petition.  Click here to find the petition.

We are also calling our members and supporters to sign the petition organised by Migration Watch UK. 

According to its web-site, Migration Watch UK is “an independent, voluntary, non political body which is concerned about the present scale of immigration into the UK.” 

It too is working towards collecting the 100,000 signatures required for an e-petition to be sent to a Back Bench Committee to be considered for a debate in Parliament.

Migration Watch UK’s petition states:

“Over the past ten years the government has permitted mass immigration despite very strong public opposition reflected in numerous opinion polls. We express our deep concern that, according to official figures, the population of the UK is expected to reach 70 million within 20 years with two thirds of the increase due to immigration. While we recognise the benefits that properly controlled immigration could bring to our economy and society, this population increase, which is the equivalent of building seven cities the size of Birmingham, will have a huge impact both on our quality of life and on our public services yet the public has never been consulted. So we call on the government to take all necessary steps to get immigration down to a level that will stabilise our population as close to the present level as possible and, certainly, well below 70 million."

Needless to say, Solidarity supports any measure that will bring some form of stability to Britain’s population.  Although we are also a libertarian union – we are the only union which doesn’t discriminate on grounds of race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, age or political opinion – we are opposed to mass immigration.

As we noted in an article from late last year – Capitalism, Immigration and Vince Cable – the “pursuit of greed is also why capitalists favour mass immigration.  It’s hardly a state secret that most immigrants are exploited and tend to end up in lower-paid jobs”.

Additionally, mass immigration makes it impossible to plan an economy (even a socialist one!) if you don’t know who’s in the country.  For instance, how can we plan for housing, schools, health care and transport? With an open door immigration policy, no-one knows who’s in Britain at the moment, or who’s likely to be here in five or ten years from now!

And needless to say, it’s ordinary working families who really feel the brunt of mass immigration.

You can sign the petition here. This petition is rapidly gaining signatures – and it can only be a matter of a few days before it reaches the 100,000 mark!

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