Labour Party On EU Referendum
Thursday, September 24, 2015
GMB Motion To 2015 Labour Conference Calls For Special Conference
On EU Referendum Once Date Is Known To Approve Labour Strategy
Motion opposes working with any campaign or faction in the forthcoming referendum which supports or advocates cutting employment or social rights for people working in the United Kingdom.
A GMB contemporary motion on the subject of EU reform and forthcoming referendum is tabled for debate at the 2015 Labour Party Conference in Brighton. The text of the motion is set out below.
This motion follows the warning at the TUC Congress on 15th September that GMB will not be complicit in the Prime Minister’s bid to cut worker’s rights in the UK as part of his re-negotiations in the run up to the EU referendum.
See notes to editors for press release with copy of the text of Paul Kenny’s speech at TUC Congress and the text of the TUC General Council statement which was carried at the Congress on 15th September 2015.
The text of the motion is as follows:“GMB contemporary motion – Labour Party Conference 2015 – Europe:Conference notes that earlier this month David Cameron gave agreement to appear before the European Parliament to promote his government’s agenda for EU reform.
Conference deplores the actions of the Prime Minister and his attempts to rob workers in the UK of the vital social and employment rights gained from membership of the European Union.
Conference calls on the Parliamentary Labour Party to demand that the government present to Parliament a detailed account of their negotiating demands in advance of addressing the European Parliament.
Conference opposes working with any campaign or faction in the forthcoming referendum which supports or advocates cutting employment or social rights for people working in the United Kingdom.
Conference understands the importance of returning to a vision of a social Europe without which membership of the European Union fails to deliver good jobs and services for all.
Conference recognises that the erosion of social rights and the undemocratic TTIP proposals will bring conflict to the heart of the referendum debate.
Conference requires that, once the date of the referendum on Europe is known, a Special Conference is called to approve Labour Party campaign strategy.”
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