Demonstrators will gather in Lisbon this Thursday to protest outside the European Union (EU) summit being held in the Portuguese capital.
Their agenda will be radically different from the “little England” debate on Europe that Gordon Brown and David Cameron are indulging in.
The leaders of the EU’s 27 member states are expected to ratify the new EU treaty – bypassing a popular vote. Brown has pledged to vote for this.
It replaces the proposed neoliberal European constitution, booted out by French and Dutch voters two years ago, but is no more than a reheated version of it.
The largest trade union federation in Portugal called the demonstration under the slogan “For a social Europe, jobs with rights”. They stressed that the treaty will increase the numbers working across Europe without contracts, rights, pensions and paid holidays. It will clear the way to increased hours and poorer pensions for all.
Others will march because they see the treaty as a further threat to immigrant rights and a way to strengthen the drive to a militarised EU.