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PORTSIDELABOR  November 2012, Week 1

PORTSIDELABOR November 2012, Week 1

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European Unions to Strike Against Austerity

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European Unions to Strike Against Austerity

1)	Italy to join Greece,Portugal and Spain in European mega strike

2)	Declaration by European Unions


Italy to join Greece,Portugal and Spain in European mega strike 

Posted by revoltingeurope 

October 29, 2012 

http://revolting-europe.com/2012/10/29/italy-to-join-greece-portugal-and-spain-in-european-mega-strike/

Italy will join Greece, Spain and Portugal in holding
strikes against austerity on November 14 in an
unprecedented show of co-ordinated action  on the
Continent.

The decision to take a four hour strike was announced
Monday night by Italy's largest trade union
confederation, CGIL, which stated:

'For many years, the European trade union movement
deplores austerity measures...They are dragging Europe
down into economic stagnation and recession. This
results in stunted growth and unemployment that
continues to increase.'

'Cuts in wages and social protection are attacks on the
European social model and exacerbate inequality and
social injustice.

'The 'errors of judgment' of the International Monetary
Fund have had an incalculable impact on the daily lives
of workers and citizens. The whole basis of the
policies of austerity has to be revisited. The IMF must
apologize. And the Troika must revise its demands."

'Twenty five million Europeans are out of work. In some
countries the youth unemployment rate exceeds 50%.

'The sense of injustice is widespread and social
discontent is growing."

'We need to change direction towards a European social
pact. The European trade unions are calling for a
change of course."

The European Trade Union Confederation, which has
called a day of action on November 14, has been
campaigning for economic policies that stimulates
quality employment, 'solidarity' between countries and
social justice.

'It is time to end tax evasion, tax havens and tax
competition between countries. A financial transaction
tax should help repair the damage of unregulated
capitalism,' the CGIL added.

The CGIL's strike was also called in opposition to a
fresh set if austerity measures and neo-liberal reforms
recently unveiled by the government of unelected prime
minister and former Goldman Sachs advisor Mario Monti.

Spain and Portugal are planning on holding a second
wave of general strikes on November 14 while Greece,
Malta and Cyprus are also planning strike action on the
day.



2)	ETUC day of action and solidarity for a Social Compact for Europe

European Trade Union Confederation

http://www.etuc.org/a/10439

Declaration adopted by the ETUC Executive Committee at
their meeting on 17 October 2012


1. The ETUC Executive Committee meeting on 17 October
2012 call for a day of action and solidarity on 14
November 2012, including strikes, demonstrations,
rallies and other actions, mobilising the European
trade union Movement behind ETUC policies as set down
in the Social Compact for Europe.

2. They express their strong opposition to the
austerity measures that are dragging Europe into
economic stagnation, indeed recession, as well as the
continuing dismantling of the European social model.
These measures, far from reestablishing confidence,
only serve to worsen imbalances and foster injustice.

3. While supporting the objective of sound accounts,
the Executive Committee consider that the recession can
only be stopped if budgetary constraints are loosened
and imbalances eliminated, with a view to achieving
sustainable economic growth, and social cohesion, and
respecting the values enshrined in the Charter of
Fundamental Rights.

4. Fiscal consolidation had a sharper effect than
originally estimated by Institutions, including the
European Commission and the International Monetary Fund
(IMF). Indeed the IMF now admits that they grossly
miscalculated the impact austerity measures have on
growth. This miscalculation has an unmeasurable impact
on the daily life of workers and citizens the ETUC
represents, and brings into question the whole basis of
austerity policies advanced by the Fiscal Treaty and
imposed by the Troika.

5. The Executive Committee note mounting opposition
among citizens and workers in the countries concerned
and reaffirm their support for affiliated unions
fighting for decent working and living conditions. This
situation results from the lack of coordination of
economic policies and the absence of minimum social
standards throughout Europe. In the context of free
movement of capital, this gave free rein to competition
between states, in particular in the field of taxation,
labour costs and social conditions.

6. They reiterate that social dialogue and collective
bargaining are central to the European Social Model.
They strongly oppose the frontal attacks on these
rights, at national and European level. The ETUC
Executive Committee urgently calls for immediate
adoption and transposition of the European social
partners agreements currently before Council.

7. They recall that the Union is treaty-bound to "work
for the sustainable development of Europe based on
balanced economic growth and price stability, a highly
competitive social market economy, aiming at full
employment and social progress, and a high level of
protection and improvement of the quality of the
environment". They further recall that the ETUC's
support for the Lisbon Treaty was mainly predicated on
the full application of those objectives.

8. They note that discussions are currently under way
among Institutions and governments about the
desirability of further treaty changes. A change of
direction is necessary and priority should be given to
resolving the crisis in line with the three pillars of
our proposed Social Compact for Europe, which is
gathering increasing support. This is articulated
around social dialogue & collective bargaining,
economic governance for sustainable growth &
employment, and economic, tax & social justice.

9. They insist that active solidarity, social progress
and democratic accountability must be an integral part
of the European project. They consider as essential
that a social progress protocol to be included as an
integral and operative part of any new treaty. The ETUC
will evaluate any new step in European integration on
this basis.

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