People Before Profit Land and Food Use Policy
- Greater support for smaller farmers who produce for the home market.
- Encourage a shift to more environmentally friendly forms of farming.
- Oppose the privatisation of our forests.
- Establish a proper healthy school meals programme.
- Develop a proper meals-on-wheels strategy for the elderly, based on local community co-ops.
- Encourage the development of allotments in urban areas.
- Ban vending machines selling sugary drinks in schools.
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People Before Profit Environmental Policy
- In light of the overwhelming scientific evidence for human induced climate change, People Before Profit advocates a radical series of measures to dramatically reduce Ireland’s Co2 emissions.
- These will include a public transport revolution to cut car usage and provide every community both urban and rural with a cheap and efficient mode of public transit appropriate for the area.
- We want the latest energy efficient standards in new buildings and a national programme to retro fit housing and public buildings.
- All reserves of energy, renewable or fossil fuel should be retained in public ownership and any development should be in the public interest and developed only to ensure that Ireland moves to a low carbon society as soon as possible.
- The country’s physical heritage, its mountains, countryside, lakes rivers and seashore, should be safeguarded from privatisation and remain accessible to the public.
- We advocate programmes of re-afforestation with the goal of protecting and enhancing the land’s biodiversity for this and future generations.
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People Before Profit Education Policy
- Education should be funded and managed exclusively by the State rather than handed over to various patron bodies.
- Establish a maximum class sizes: Our longer term goal is a maximum number of students in any class, anywhere in the country, should be 18.
- School transport, uniforms, meals, educational materials and play and PE facilities provided free in all schools.
- Employ lab assistants to cater for Science and ICT classes
- Restore supports for vulnerable pupils and all those with special educational needs
- Introduce modules on philosophy, political economy, arts and media studies in second level to promote creativity and civic awareness.
- Abolish university ‘registration’ fees; extend and improve maintenance and back-to-education grants.
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People Before Profit Arts Policy
- Increase state funding of the Arts to the European average of 0.6%.
- A new deal programme for artists to deliver new jobs in the public sector.
- A new fund to promote access to arts participation for children and adults in disadvantaged areas.
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People Before Profit War and Conflict Policy
- People Before Profit is an anti-imperialist party.
- Imperialism is a world economic and political structure – not just a series of individual acts of colonisation.
- Economically its main feature is the domination of the world by giant multinational corporations who both work with one another and compete with one another.
- Politically this leads to the domination of the world by rival great powers such as the US, the EU, Russia and China – each of which tries to strengthen and enlarge its sphere of influence through sub- imperial powers such as Israel and Saudi Arabia.
- This leads to a multitude of imperialist, inter-imperialist and anti-imperialist conflicts, wars, interventions and complex situations each of which requires specific analysis.
- In general terms: People Before Profit opposes all imperialist wars, conquests, interventions and occupations – especially those in which our government is involved and implicated (eg by the US use of Shannon). We support the right of nations to self-determination.
- We should be particularly wary of claimed ‘humanitarian interventions’. The removal of dictators and vicious regimes (such as Gaddafi, Assad, Mubarak etc) is the task of the people of those countries not Western armed forces which only make matters worse.
- We are opposed to Western and Russian military intervention in the conflict in Syria.
- We support the Palestinian struggle for liberation against Zionist occupation and oppression and back the international campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Apartheid Israel.
- We should defend Irish neutrality; oppose NATO and the military use of Shannon, and all Irish participation in the international arms trade.
People Before Profit Childcare Policy
- Childcare should be provided as a universal right. It should be funded through a universally applied progressive taxation system.
- In the immediate term, parents should receive a state subsidy for childcare so they only pay a fraction of the cost and fees. As in Denmark parents should pay at most 30% of running costs but services should be free to many low-income families.
- Expand the learner Fund to provide support to allow childcare workers to professionalize to progress to FETAC levels 7 and 8. And increase pay levels for these workers.
- There needs to be an increase in the regulation of all child-minders and after school services.
- Paid leave which includes maternity leave, should be structured in such a way that a parent is enabled to remain at home for at least a child’s first year.
- Paid paternity leave should be extended and balanced with maternity leave.
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People Before Profit LGBT Policy
People Before Profit campaigns for full equality for LBGT people. We want:
- An end to the ban on gay or bisexual men donating blood.
- The abolition of section 37.1 of the Employment Equality Act which allows educational and medical institutions run by religious bodies to discriminate against those who do not conform to the religious ethos.
- Hate crime legislation to deal with homophobic and transphobic attacks and proper recording of data on such attacks.
- Compulsory, age-appropriate sex education which deals with issues around gender, sexuality, consent and contraception.
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TTIP Policy and Briefing Notes
People Before Profit calls for
- the Irish government to withdraw from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations now;
- the ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and EU-Singapore treaties to be opposed in the European Council, the European Parliament and both Houses of the Oireachtas.
People Before Profit will also:
- promote the declaration of TTIP-free zones by local councils;
- work to raise awareness of the dangers of these treaties and to explicitly expose the connections between them and the enforced privatisation of public services, especially with respect to water, health, housing, energy and education.
People Before Profit wholly opposes TTIP/CETA/TiSA/EU-Singapore treaties as they will lead to:
- privatisation of vital public services, such as water, energy, health and education – this is an explicit aim of trade negotiators, and could lead to unaccountable multi-national corporations deciding on people’s access to these vital needs and rights;
- job losses and suppressed wages – the European Commission’s own TTIP impact assessment predicts up to 1.3 million jobs will be lost, while other research predicts wages to decline by up to €5,500 per worker;
- erosion of worker’s rights, from restrictions on collective bargaining rights to reduction or even removal of the minimum wage – for example, faced with a multi-billion euro compensation claim from Veolia the Egyptian government recently backed down from raising its minimum wage;
- roll-back or removal of regulation protecting health, food standards and the environment – all of these have been explicitly targetted by business lobbies and would lead to Europe being flooded with toxic chemicals, drug- and hormone-treated food products, genetically modified crops and pesticides which are all currently banned. It could also lead to vast swathes of land being opened up to fracking, and an increase in greenhouse gases which are contributing to climate change;
- Financial institutions having an effective veto over any future possible regulation, making it increasingly difficult to tackle tax havens, tax avoidance and too-big-to-fail banks;
- corporations being able to rewrite legislation for their own interests at the expense of worker’s rights, civil liberties, public health and the environment, and to sue the tax-payer for compensation where regulation and policy decisions for public welfare might adversely affect their potential future profits. This would be done in unaccountable off-shore arbitration tribunals, which have already been used by corporations against 20 EU countries, resulting in at least €3.5 billion of tax-payers’ money being awarded to foreign investors. TTIP etc will open the floodgates to corporate compensation;
- undermining of internet privacy and data protection rights, and the strengthening of intellectual property rights and patents, raising health costs and reducing access to affordable medicines.
Read our full TIPP policy here: