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Britain's communists have welcomed the No2EU — Yes to Workers’ Rights challenge in next month’s European Parliament elections as “a vital antidote to the reactionary and anti-foreigner poison” of Ukip.
General secretary Rob Griffiths told the Communist Party political committee on Wednesday that Ukip was preying on disillusionment with Establishment politics and the European Union.
“But Ukip leader and ex-City speculator Nigel Farage (pictured) is a first-class passenger on the Brussels and Strasbourg gravy train who opposes trade union and employment rights, proposes further tax cuts for the rich and big business and wants to privatise the NHS,” Mr Griffiths said.
He pointed out that Ukip supports the austerity and privatisation that have made 26 million people unemployed across Europe, but then cynically seeks to “whip up a vile wave of xenophobia” to make workers in Britain fear for their jobs.
“Only No2EU — Yes to Workers’ Rights will be campaigning against austerity and privatisation, for public ownership and full employment, and for equal rights for all workers to ensure that employers can’t use cheap migrant labour to undercut wages, terms and conditions,” Mr Griffiths said.
The No2EU alliance includes transport union RMT, the Communist Party, the Socialist Party and the Indian Workers Association.
In the small number of constituencies without No2EU candidates, Britain’s communists will be calling for “a vote from the left to block UKIP and the BNP fascists.”
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