Trade unionists disagree over future in Europe

The debate rages on as the UK awaits its politicians to make a move following the referendum.
The debate rages on as the UK awaits its politicians to make a move following the referendum.

North Lanarkshire Trade Union Council has been debating the merits of the UK’s place in the European Union as politicians are still to decide whether to strike a Brexit deal in the wake of the referendum.

The debate opened with delegates who wished to Remain in the EU for the better protection of workers’ rights and the importance of European funding to protect three million jobs in the UK.

In addition they claimed EU membership means the cost of travel and goods cheaper are chepaer within Europe and there is freedom for people with the freedom about, stating: “socialism has no borders”.

Delegates who backed Leave spoke about the dictators of Europe controlling the economy and the lack of democracy with unelected people making decisions.

They pointed at no jobs or housing for our youth, with Zero Hour Contracts on the rise, and what hope and prospects are being given to the future generation.

They were adament that control of trade union rights should be taken back as Europe has too much control over food production and fisheries which has impacts people lives and jobs and trade deals are still being done like TTIP {Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership} and CETA {Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement} which the UK will have no control over.

The one thing they could agree on was that mixed messages from politicians means no one actually knows the full impact of the UK’s future in or out on the UK.

The European debate will continue at NLTUC’s next meeting tomorrow (Thursday) in the Community Union Building, Hamilton Road, Motherwell at 6.30pm.