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Kieran Allen is the author of the Booklet Reasons to VOTE NO to the Lisbon Treaty and a number of other books, including The Corporate Take Over of Ireland (2007) and The Celtic Tiger: The Myth of Social Partnership (2000)

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Latest 23.09.2009

SIPTU Debate on Lisbon, Liberty Hall, Dublin, 25th September 6pm.

Jack O' Connor President of SIPTU
Kieran Allen, President of SIPTU' s Education Branch.

The leadership of the largest union in the country, SIPTU, has come out in favour of a Yes vote in Lisbon - but many of its grassroots members disagree. Rread More.

The SIPTU President Jack O'Connor will debate the issue with Kieran Allen, the President of the Education Branch and editor of The debate will take place on Friday 25th of September at 6pm in Liberty Hall in front of an audience of SIPTU activists and other concerned individuals.

During the first referendum the SIPTU leaders took a neutral stance in protest at the failure of the government to pass laws which guaranteed

the rights of workers to collective bargaining. Despite the fact that there has been no change in this stance, they have reversed their stance in a light of a Labour Party pledge to introduce such laws when in government.

Kieran Allen has publicly disagreed with this reversal. 'The union leaders did not consult their members on Lisbon - even though they had plenty of opportunity to do so. The reality is that the Lisbon Treaty :

  • Enshrines neo-liberal dogmas in the constitution of a new Europe.
  • Promotes increased military spending which is detrimental to society.
  • Does nothing to reverse the attacks on workers rights which the EuropeanCourt of Justice has implemented.

Despite the recommendation of the union leaders, the majority of the SIPTU grassroots will oppose the Treaty

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