Trades union leader Serwotka to speak at EU debate, Jun 9

The Croydon Assembly, in co-operation with the Croydon TUC, is staging a debate on Thursday, June 9 about Britain’s future membership of the European Union, ahead of the referendum later that month.

Union leader Mark Serwotka is one of the national political figures speaking at Saturday's first Croydon Assembly

Mark Serwotka: one of the union figures speaking at Ruskin House

Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, will be speaking in favour of Remain and an official from the RMT transport union will speak in favour of Leave.

It starts at 7pm, at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon.

The organisers tee-up the debate by saying: “Is there a left, socialist case for voting Remain in the European Union referendum? Or should we vote Remain because leaving may lead to worse conditions for working people? Is being in the EU an act of internationalism, which is another reason for voting Remain?

“Or is the EU now a neo-liberal club run by corporations and investment banks? Isn’t the threat of TTIP enough to make us think again? Isn’t what the EU-led Troika is doing to Greece proof that the EU is far from progressive?”

The Croydon Assembly is working with other local campaign groups, such as Keep Our St Helier Hospital and Stop the South London Incinerator, and now has its own website,

Other debates and talks will be announced in due course.

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