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Macro-economic dialogue at technical level - what structural reform does work for workers and society?

(25 June 2015) The European Union economy is picking up again, but many factors are uncertain and it is not clear if the recovery will persist, could be the summary of a discussion on the state of the European economy in the macro-economic dialogue. The trade union side is more cautious also because the economy still lacks sufficient investment. Veronica Nilsson, the next ETUC Deputy General Secretary introduced the position of the ETUC, referring to the need for a serious investment plan (...)

Social investment, real social dialogue and public services out of TTIP addressed at Tripartite Social Summit

(20 March 2015) With more than 24 million unemployed, with high youth unemployment , with growing poverty and wealth inequality in Europe, we are not out of the economic crisis, was the message of the ETUC delegation to the Tripartite Social Summit. Therefore more public investment is needed and including in social infrastructure and public services. This will stimulate growth. We want environmentally sustainable growth and decent jobs. The Juncker plan while a step in the right direction (...)

Alliance calls for social and sustainable investment plan

(18 March 2015) The European Commission’s investment plan is missing a real commitment to quality jobs and sustainable growth as well as a strong social element. This is the message coming from the Semester Alliance, a broad European coalition bringing together environmental, social and equality groups and trade unions, including EPSU. The Alliance is calling on the European Council and the European Parliament to ensure that the European Commission’s proposal for a European Fund for (...)

European economic conference on the alternatives

(2 March 2015) Europe’s dilemma: austerity revisited or a new path for sustainable growth is the title of the upcoming event by the ETUI (European Trade Union Institute) regarding the possible economic alternatives to austerity. The election of the Greek government has proven that European citizens have said enough to austerity - the conference will discuss the alternatives proposed by new political forces emerging. The event takes place on March 20. For (...)

Macro-economic dialogue at political level - the mantra of structural reform prevalent - a contested approach

(17 February 2015) "Growth is not taking off due to a lack of investment. The risk of deflation is persistent with the structural reform agenda pursued by employers, ECB and European Commission making matters worse" was the message of the trade union delegation of ETUC in the macro-economic dialogue at political level. The ETUC General Secretary Bernadette Segol underlined what the ETUC expects of an Investment Programme and so-called Quantative Easing focused on the real economy. This (...)

Results of the Greek elections and new government are an opportunity for Europe to strengthen democracy

Negotiations for alternatives to austerity - Results of the Greek elections and new government are an opportunity for Europe to strengthen democracy (16 February 2015) As General Secretary of EPSU I signed the call of our German trade union colleagues and many others in solidarity with the Greek people. The initiative demands that the European Commission and the Eurogroup have serious negotiations with the new Greek government to respect the demands of the Greek people for a change of (...)

MEPs give cross-party support for key messages on Semester

Six MEPs from across the political spectrum expressed their support for calls to reform the European Semester - the annual process of economic governance. The key messages were drawn up by the EU Semester Alliance, a grouping of civil society groups with support from EPSU and the ETUC. The Alliance is calling for a much more democratic and transparent Semester, with increased involvement of national parliaments, the European Parliament, social partners and civil society. For the Alliance, (...)

Economic governance, Juncker’s investment plan, tax avoidance, health and safety and more on agenda of ETUC Executive

(10 December 2014) The economic situation in Europe and the impact on workers and our families and communities was the main topic of the ETUC Executive Committee (2-3 December). Close to 25 million people are unemployed. Deflation is a real threat and in several countries already happening. Restoring demand by having appropriate pay increases as well as public investment are therefore needed according to ETUC to get the European Union and in its wake the rest of Europe out of the recession. (...)

Annual Growth Survey 2015 - Structural reforms will fuel deflation rather than recovery

(Press Communication – 24 November 2014) The European Commission is due to publish the Annual Growth Survey 2015 and the Juncker Investment plan this week. The investment plan will be crucial to a sustained recovery but this risks being undermined by the now familiar call for more and deeper structural reform. As this briefing from EPSU makes very clear the kinds of reforms envisaged by the Commission will not only have a negative impact on workers but will contribute nothing to getting (...)

Report exposes faults and failings of economic governance

There needs to be major changes to the system of economic governance – the European Semester. This is the key message of a new report from the Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester. The Alliance is a grouping of civil society organisations supported by the ETUC and EPSU. The report sets out a stage-by-stage analysis of the European Semester and how far it is delivering on Europe 2020 goals and targets, concluding that: “…the potential of the Europe 2020 has been (...)

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