European Trade Unions Mobilise on 14 November


International Trade Union Confederation

The ITUC has pledged its full support to the European trade union movement’s November 14 Day of Action and Solidarity.  Strike actions in Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal are planned, along with demonstrations and solidarity activities in 23 countries across the continent.  The ETUC-organised mobilisation has been called to strengthen opposition to the destructive austerity policies being pushed by the “Troika” (European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF), and build momentum for “a social compact for Europe with a proper social dialogue, an economic policy that fosters quality jobs, and economic solidarity among the countries of Europe.”

“Unions from around the world were shocked at the briefings from our European affiliates given at the ITUC General Council meeting this month in Jordan.  The Council decided to give full backing to the 14 November actions, recognising that attacks on workers’ rights and the austerity business model in Europe threaten prosperity and social cohesion everywhere,” said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow. Continue reading

Egypt: ITUC calls on the Higher Military Council to respect trade union rights

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International Trade Union Confederation

The ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation) has expressed deep concern over statements attributed to the new Minister of Manpower in Egypt, Ismail Fahmy, that “the issue of trade union rights is kept on hold until such a time that the labour code is revised… and that the ministry will continue to work closely with ETUF and its President Hussein Megawer”.  Fahmy is the former treasurer of ETUF (Egyptian Trade Union Federation), the national centre controlled by the Mubarak regime.

Such statements indicate a clear risk that trade union rights will continue to be denied in Egypt, against a background of ongoing strikes and sit-ins in workplaces throughout the country.

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European Unions: A Book Review

European Unions: Labor’s Quest for a Transnational Democracy by Roland Erne (Cornell University Press, 2008)

While focusing on struggles for democracy being waged within unions in the USA and China, we should not neglect Europe. European unions face the different but equally crucial task of building a Europe-wide labor movement capable of representing workers when technocrats and corporations are shaping a neo-liberal Europe.
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