1 May 2012

To the International Communist Movement

Today, on the occasion of May Day—International Workers’ Day—we publicly launch a united statement signed by fifteen Communist parties from throughout the European Union as a common position against the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union and the revised Treaty on the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).

All the parties call upon workers throughout the European Union to mobilise and to resist these treaties and the anti-people policies of the European Union and its allies inside each of our nations.

All signatories expressed their solidarity with Irish workers and supported the call for a No vote by the Irish people in the referendum on 31 May.

In anti-imperialist solidarity,

Eugene Mc Cartan
General Secretary
Communist Party of Ireland


Joint statement issued by Communist parties from across the European Union calling for maximum opposition to the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union and the revised Treaty on the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).

"The European Union and the ruling classes of the member states are determined to make working people pay a very heavy price for the deepening crisis of the system.

We Communist and Workers’ parties of the member states of the European Union call on workers across the EU to resist and oppose the adoption of the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union and the revised Treaty on the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).

These two treaties would make “Eurozone” member states and practically all other countries signing these agreements into permanent regimes of economic austerity involving deeper and deeper cuts in public expenditure, rises in indirect taxes, reductions in wages, sustained liberalisation of markets and privatisation of public enterprises, services and vital national assets.

The strategy is to have low wages, low public spending, mass poverty and workers having few rights. The treaties are designed to make these measures into a permanent feature of the EU that are impossible to reverse.

The impact of these treaties will not be confined to the member states of the Eurozone. They will provide the bench-mark for further attacks on workers’ rights and conditions across the whole of the EU. The ruling classes have declared open warfare on workers in a generalised offensive.

These treaties are designed to neutralise the potential of national working class formations to influence or change national economic and social policy. They, along with previous treaties, are about blocking any avenues for the working class to defend itself or to promote policies of social progress and a socialist alternative.

They will make austerity permanent by continuous external interference of EU institutions in the affairs of member states in relation to economic and social policy, in the interests of monopoly capitalism.

In this they have the active collaboration of the ruling class and its political representatives in each country.  These treaties will further negate and deeply undermine national and sovereign rights.

Any policies that the ruling classes across the European Union can deliver will inevitably make the people pay for this crisis of capitalism. Promoting the interests of the working class is only possible by confronting and breaking with this destructive system.

We, Communist and Workers’ Parties value and salute the mass response from the workers and other social strata affected by the measures and policies of big capital, in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Italy and call upon workers and their trade unions, and people’s mass organisations, to resist these renewed attacks and to mobilise and assert a working class response to the crisis of state monopoly capitalism.

In the immediate battles of today our parties will present the vision of Socialism as the answer to the crisis of the capitalist system. "  Statement ends

*List of parties that have signed the statement*

New Communist Party of the Netherlands
Workers’ Party of Belgium
Communist Party of Britain
Portuguese Communist Party
Communist Party of Finland
Communist Party in Denmark
Communist Party of Luxembourg
Communist Party of Ireland
Hungarian Communist Workers’ Party
Communist Party of Greece
Party of Italian Communists
Communist Party of Malta
Communist Party of Poland
Communist Party of Spain
Communist Party of Sweden

Statement was published  in English, French, Spanish Polish and German.