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(en) Ireland, WSM* on the rferendum say: Vote No: Send a Message to McDowell on June 11th

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Date Fri, 4 Jun 2004 10:09:22 +0200 (CEST)

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If we vote 'Yes' on June 11th, children who were born in Ireland, and
have never set foot outside of Ireland, will have no rights as Irish
citizens. They will be liable to be kicked out of their own country.
They will be discriminated against because of where their parents came from.
This proposal is a blatant attempt to whip up racial prejudice to
divert our attention away from real problems like a crumbling
health service, overpriced houses and prefab classrooms. All of
these are the fault of government, not the small number of Irish
children whose skin happens to be a different colour to other Irish
born babies.

They want us to think the problems in the maternity service are
caused by overcrowding as a result of 'too many babies'. But
there has been a dramatic fall in the number of births in Ireland
over the last twenty years. For example, there were 16,604 less
births in 2000 than in 1982. The crisis in the health service is a
result, of cut-backs, underfunding, and ward closures. 40% of
births take place in 3 hospitals.

One of our busiest hospitals, the National Maternity in Holles
Street, experienced a cut in income of 594,000 Euro between
2001 and 2002, which led to cut-backs in medicines, staff and
heating. This referendum will do nothing to solve these problems.
What is needed is cash for hospitals, not huge grants to rich horse
owners. The government's plan, in the Hanly report, is that 10
more maternity units in nine counties will be closed.

Instead of blaming the greedy, selfish ruling class and their pals
in Leinster House, we are supposed to take out our frustration on
people with a different colour skin or a different accent. Even
more unpleasantly, we are supposed to take it out on babies!

Our rulers get away with so much because they keep us divided.
In the North they played Protestant off against Catholic, in the
South Bertie and his friends want to play off White against Black.
Instead of getting together with other working people to win
improvements, we are supposed to be happy if we can blame
someone worse off then ourselves. The bosses criminalise
immigrant workers because they want a cheap and obedient
workforce to do the less desirable jobs. This only benefits the
rich, who care about nothing but their profits. An open
immigration policy would benefit all Irish people because of the
taxes those legal immigrant workers could be used to increase the
budget for housing, education and health.

The best way to stop immigrants being used as a low pay
workforce is to recruit them into our unions and win decent
conditions and the 'going rate' for all workers. Sadly, because of
capitalism, all children are not equal. A child born to a wealthy
business owner has a much better start in life than one born to a
shop assistant or security guard. The government wants to make
this even worse. It wants to leave some children with no
constitutional rights whatsoever.

It is a nasty proposal. You can send the government a message
that we won't scapegoat the children of new arrivals so he can
take the heat off his corrupt friends. Vote NO on June 11th.

Download and print out the PDF file of this leaflet
* Workers Solidarity Movement

The Workers Solidarity Movement is an anarchist organisation.
We are working for a society based on economic equality and
direct democracy. We want to end the division of people into
bosses and workers, rulers and ruled; and create a socialist
society where everyone affected by a decision can have a say in
making that decision. For more information write to us at WSM,
P. O. Box 1528, Dublin 8 | http://struggle.ws/wsm

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