Women Say NO to the Lisbon Treaty

The Lisbon Treaty would accelerate the privatisation of health and social services, making access to these more difficult for women and children, a press conference heard.

The treaty would lead to a Europe that sees women as economic producers first and foremost, said Ailbhe Smith, academic and member of the People Before Profit organisation.

One of 10 women who spoke at a press conference of women against the treaty, she said the “much vaunted” Charter of Fundamental Rights failed to give new protections to women “and nowhere is the key issue of childcare addressed”.

Bríd Smith of the Unite trade union, which has called for a No vote, said the treaty would lessen the capacity of unions to seek better pay and conditions for the most vulnerable workers, such as part-time and agency staff, who were predominantly women.

“The Charter of Fundamental Rights must be applied according to the prevailing circumstances in the country of origin. In this country we have no right to collective bargaining,” she said.

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