Anger of European Citizens is understandable

(EPSU Press release 19 April 2011) The European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU) shows its understanding with the rage of European citizens about the ECON Governance voted today at the European Parliament. After a proposal of the Socialist and Democrats Group (S&D) to postpone the vote of the Economic Governance package was rejected by the ECON Committee a group of activists showed its anger shouting in favour of Social Europe and against the proposals. MEPs continued its business without taking any notice in a step to increase an Economic Governance that will mean more austerity, more cuts and public services having to pay the bill for the crisis. Yesterday EPSU organized a protest outside the European Parliament on the eve of the vote with the support from several Members of the European Parliament from different Parliamentary groups. However, the vote shows that the vote by MEPs does not take into account the opinions. According to EPSU the proposals are not balanced. The focus is on slashing public budgets and on measures that will endanger the autonomy of the social partners and hence European workers wages. EPSU rejects the attack on Social Europe. {{Jan Willem Goudriaan}}, EPSU Deputy General Secretary, said "{We defend quality public services, jobs and the autonomy of social partners. We stand with public sector workers, nurses, fire fighters, teachers, tax inspectors, childcare workers, librarians and many millions that are under attack in Europe. We do not believe that the proposals are positive for workers in Europe}". The angry protestors belong to a citizens group based in Brussels concerned by the Economic Governance proposed by the European Commission and the Council and they distributed a [Press release->] EPSU will continue to mobilise against the current proposals as voted by the ECON Committee for the Plenary vote. [To see the images of yesterday protest by EPSU->] For more information, contact Pablo Sanchez Centellas, [>] , 00 32 4 74 62 66 33