A Pan-European Day of Anti-Austerity
We are all Greeks, but even more: it was pitched as the “1st Pan-European General Strike”. Yesterday, 14/11/12, around 40 unions taking part in anti-austerity protests across 23 European countries–that is at least something. So how do we make sure a day of anti-austerity turns into a week, a month, and years?
And see below, not that crazy demands, right? Not even absurd. Actually…quite modest.
Instead of austerity-driven cuts:
• Economic governance at the service of sustainable growth
and quality jobs,
• Economic and social justice through redistribution policies, taxation
and social protection,
• Employment guarantees for young people,
• An ambitious European industrial policy steered towards a green,
low-carbon economy and forward-looking sectors with employment
opportunities and growth,
• A more intense fight against social and wage dumping,
• Pooling of debt through Euro-bonds,
• Effective implementation of a financial transaction tax to tackle
speculation and enable investment policies,
• Harmonisation of the tax base with a minimum rate for companies
• A determined effort to fight tax evasion and fraud,
• Respect for collective bargaining and social dialogue,
• Respect for fundamental social and trade union rights.
– as proposed by the European Trades Union Convention