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EU To Approve Influx Of Turkish, Algerian, Tunisian, Moroccan Workers

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The Slog has released information of a decision soon to be announced by the EU, that Turkey first all will be allowed access to EU labour markets and social welfare rights, followed by Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Croatia, Macedonia and Israel. This also appears to have social welfare implications to workers currently in the EU. As the Turkish economy is about to go down the toilet( built on cheap credit, ring a bell), there would massive influx of workers. Are you taking note Germany ? 😉

The Slog has obtained sight of an official Brussels Commission document which, while not confidential, has not as far as I can tell been the subject of MSM coverage, or indeed any vote at all among MEPs. Although dated March 30th 2012 as a ‘proposal for a decision’, I can reveal that the decision has been approved and is already going ahead. It is to grant Turkish citizens the same residency and labour rights in Europe as existing EU citizens.

The unelected European Commission has repealed the 1980 Ankara Accord between what was then the EEC and Turkey, and replaced it with a major change to the rights of Turkish citizens in the EU. The proposal was presented to a working group (we know not who) eleven days ago on March 30th, and approved by that same anonymous gathering. It specifically adds that ‘A first package with similar proposals in respect of Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Israel was adopted by the Council in October 2010′ and that this too will be updated to bring it into line with the Turkish proposals.

The following is in relation to access of existing workers to social welfare.

‘this [Turkish accord] will facilitate the application of these provisions by Member States’ social security institutions. This Decision shall apply:

 (a) to Turkish workers who are or have been legally employed in the territory of a

Member State and who are or have been subject to the legislation of one or more

Member States, and their survivors;

 (b) to the members of the family of workers referred to in point (a) provided that these

family members are or have been legally resident with the worker concerned while

the worker is employed in a Member State;

To make this decision at a time when the EU countries are struggling economically makes no sense, especially when an influx of migrants looking for work competing with rising unemployment would create huge tension. The Slog goes on to criticize the decision.

 I do not employ the phrase  ‘ lunatic Commission decisions’ above lightly. Any unelected and yet sovereign body happy to take on the welfare needs of these workers at a time of euro meltdown must be deranged at least. To enumerate the idiocy involved here:

1. Turkey’s economy under the closet Islamist Recep Erdogan is about to go bang. Enter millions of jobless Turks stage left.

2. Turkey has already threatened to annex Cyprus…both parts of which represent an existing EU member.

3. Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia are all recently destablised States with growing Islamist power in their politics.

4. Um, none of them – including Israel – are in Europe. Small point, but worth bringing up I feel.

5. All four of the above States are anti-Israel in the most bellicose manner.

6. Germany has just passed a law denying these very rights to unemployed ClubMed citizens. How are they now going to feel in the light of this new law? How is Gunter Grass going to feel, having just been banned by the Israeli Government?

7. The anti-Islamist security ramifications of the new law would be horrendous.




IMF To Target The Irish Old Age Pensioners

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In the last month alone, the Irish people have been told that the state assets are to stripped and sold off and now the IMF are pushing for cuts to the pensioners. The IMF doesn’t like them getting free travel and free TV amongst other allowances and wants these universal benefits stripped from them. Many of these same pensioners had endured emigration or 60% tax rate in the 1980s when the economy was a basket case and are now being asked to endure more hardship after mishandling of the economy by politicians and reckless banking.

Pensions, free travel and medical cards for the over-70s are being targeted for new cuts.

The International Monetary Fund now has pensioners in its sights as it believes they have largely escaped the effects of austerity.

The key provider of our bailout cash has told the Government to look at saving money by scrapping some free schemes for the elderly.

It warns that these benefits are wasteful because they benefit rich and poor alike.

Among the schemes are cheap electricity, gas and television licences, plus free travel passes and medical cards.

The proposals carry all the more weight because they are in a report that accompanied the IMF’s latest €3.2bn tranche of bailout cash released to the Government this week.


But Finance Minister Michael Noonan must still save billions in the next three Budgets even if the economy grows as quickly as the Government hopes.

Free television licences, cheap electricity and phone calls, different tax rates and free health care for the over-70s are just some of the benefits that are rarely enjoyed elsewhere.

I like the next paragraph most from the article. It almost implies that the IMF wants to create poverty. Surely that can’t be true 😉 Funny how on the one hand the IMF has admitted that austerity doesn’t work and still trots this shit out.

The IMF admits that our relatively generous pensions and social welfare benefits have helped prevent poverty since the economy collapsed. The poverty rate has remained relatively flat since the bust thanks to little changed pensions, child benefits, mortgage and rent allowances and medical cards.

Now if you read the full article from the Irish Independent you will read rightfully that the Irish social welfare system payments are generous. While this is true, just about everything paid out comes back in directly through taxes, vat and stealth taxes. But the reason why these payments are high is really as a result of a combination of things. Most Irish people were left with massively high mortgages. Ireland has extremely shit services. Stealth taxes are very high. Health service is bad and getting worse. Most people have private health insurance so the health minister uses this to subsidize the health service by increasing the costs on to the private health insurance companies who use the same hospitals and consultants as the public sector. For instance, the public hospitals charge the insurance companies over €1,000 per bed per day. They also insist you stay a day or two longer that you need so they get more money from health insurance companies. 

Funny thing is, the Irish choose to traditionally pay low taxes and put up with shit services as a consequence. Now they will end up with high taxes and shit services.  

And what else have they got to look forward to

“Older people are very, very worried. They are looking at the introduction of the household charge, water charges and there is nothing they can do because they are on a fixed income,” he added. He said pensioners must now pay the universal social charge, have lost their Christmas bonus payment, and get less free electricity.

He added that there had been a reduction in medical card cover for dentistry, an increase in VAT, and an increase in DIRT tax on savings.

Source: Irish Independent

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