A statutory minimum wage for people of all ages of at least half median adult male earnings.
Universal benefits funded from progressive taxation, including invalidity and incapacity, unemployment and child benefit, equal to the best in Europe.
State pensions for all, at a level which provides a decent standard of life, linked to the higher of prices and earnings indices.
The provision of decent, affordable housing, including public provision by local authorities.
A National Health Service, free at the point of need, providing high quality health care for all.
Free education, including further and higher education, with good facilities and staffing, and adequate grants for students.
2. Democracy, Accountability and Openness
Open democratic government based the accountability of MEPs, MPs and Councillors to their constituents, legally enforceable disclosure of interests, and a strict ban on conflict of interest for public representatives and public servants.
Recognition of the legitimate role of Trades Unions, with the right to belong to a union, automatic recognition rights, and the right to withhold labour, including in support of others. The repeal of all anti-Trade Union legislation.
Recognition of the right of communities and interest groups to genuine involvement in legislation and executive decisions which affect them.
A Freedom of Information Act based on the presumption that all information is open unless restriction is clearly and specifically justified.
Prevention of the domination of the media, or sections of the media, by monopolistic groups or individuals, with the legal guarantee of the right to reply.
Democratic accountability of the police, and of all security agencies.
Major change to the constitution of the European Union to make it democratic, in particular the supremacy of an elected European Parliament over other European-level EU bodies.
The guiding economic principle of the EU to be the welfare, including the right to employment, of its citizens.
A commitment by all New Left Alliance public representatives not to increase, beyond the average wage of their constituents, their personal income or wealth, by means of salary, expenses not strictly required to carry out the job, or otherwise, by becoming an elected representative.
3. An Economy for People
The right to full employment to be the major aim of economic policy.
A significant reduction in working time.
Fair and redistributive taxation based on progressive, direct taxes, and moves to eliminate the scope for tax avoidance by companies and wealthy individuals.
Public ownership and control of key resources such as water, power and mass transport. The return to public ownership of all privatised bodies.
The proper funding of public services, their democratic administration, and opposition to privatisation.
Subordination of multi-national companies to legislation and regulation; ppposition to the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.
Democratic control at European, national and regional level of the major legal and executive economic levers including taxation, interest rates and public expenditure.
4. Protecting the Environment
Legislative and fiscal measures at European and national levels to cut pollution drastically, in addition making polluters pay for the costs and consequences of pollution.
Effective protection of bio-diversity locally and internationally, including the prevention of habitat destruction.
The strictest control on genetic engineering experimentation, a moratorium on its commercial use, and a ban on genetically modified food.
The public provision of cheap, high quality, widely available transport.
5. Against Racism and Discrimination
Effective legislation, and its enforcement, to prevent unfair discrimination, including that because of race, sex, sexuality, disability or age; plus positive action to redress major existing injustices caused by discrimination.
The granting of asylum to political refugees, and a non-racist immigration policy.
6. For Internationalism
International relations based on the principle of justice rather than a narrow view of national self interest; in particular fair rather than exploitative trade.
Cancellation of excessive third world debt.
A ban on arms sales to repressive regimes.
Urgent promotion of the abandonment and outlawing by all States of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction; the immediate decommissioning of Trident; with the provision of alternative employment for arms company employees.
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