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Enhedslisten/Red-Green Alliance programme

Saturday 9 February 2002, by Red-Green Alliance

The Enhedslisten/Red-Green Alliance election campaign focused on:

- Advocating the right to a job and a life without stress. There are 800,000 people of working age in Denmark (total population is five million) who are unemployed, and they have less to live on than 11 years ago;
- Advocating welfare for all. It is not a law of nature that the richest third of the population owns three fourths of the wealth of the nation;
- Resources must be redistributed in a better way in order to secure the means for more welfare. No to privatisation of welfare; we are in favour of a larger and improved public sector with more democratic influence than today;
- Advocating international solidarity - and opposing war and terror. The anti-terror package of the Danish government will undermine democracy by introducing arbitrariness and reducing legal protection;
- Advocating ecology - and opposing genetic manipulation and toxic chemicals. Ecology is necessary to provide us with healthy food, a clean environment, clean water, and a good life for animals. Tax money should be used to support ecological farming. Large-scale farming destroys the environment; subsidies keep it going and must be abolished;
- Improved and cheaper public transport; respect for all - for immigrants and refugees as well. We must continue to receive refugees and we should receive them well;
- Total support of the struggles of women. Cuts in the public sector lead to women losing their jobs and to do the work at home with no pay. We support extended maternity/paternity leave for women as well as men with full compensation of wages so that women and men can participate on an equal basis in their working life and in their children’s lives;
- Active opposition to the EU. EU integration means increasing economic globalisation without democracy, increasing privatisation and conservative economic policies. Our alternative is an open and democratic Europe, and to strengthen global cooperation and to build international organizations which give priority to people and the environment as opposed to free market considerations;
- Exposing corporate power.