Enough is enough! Stop the social damage!

EPSU Press communication

(24 January 2012) The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) is supporting and participating in the press conference that the European Trade Union Confederation is organizing on 25 January. EPSU has been at the forefront of the mobilisation against austerity and for public services, like our European mobilisitation of November 30th shows.

We call to put an end to the social damage and to stop austerity measures that eat away at the purchasing power of workers and cast a shadow over the future of our societies. We are doing so through protest movements across Europe, demanding a halt to austerity measures and more social justice and fairness.

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is launching a campaign to support European workers in their demands.

A gathering of European trade union leaders will take place in front of the Council of the European Union from 13:10 onwards.

For the ETUC, there are solutions! Alternatives do exist! We hold other cards in our hands. In the run-up to the European Summit of 30 January, announced in December as focusing on growth and jobs, and a general strike organised by its Belgian member organisations, the ETUC will hold a press conference on 25 January 2012 to present the alternatives proposed by European trade unions.

We hope to see you there.

- Bernadette Ségol, ETUC General Secretary.
- Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC). (UK).
- Annelie Buntenbach, Member of the Executive Board of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB).
- Bernard Thibault, CGT General Secretary (France). (To be confirmed)

You will also have the opportunity to meet and interview trade unions leaders present in the room:
- Anne Demelenne, FGTB / ABVV General Secretary
- Bernard Noël, CGSLB / ACVLB National Secretary
- Claude Rolin, CSC / ACV General Secretary
- Carola Fischbach-Pyttel, EPSU General Secretary (European Federation of Public Services Union)
- Bente Sorgenfrey, FTF President (Confederation of Professionals) (Denmark).

Date: 25 January 2012 Time: 13:30 Address: Résidence Palace –Passage Room International Press Centre– Rue de la Loi, 155, Bloc C - 1040 Brussels

Interpretation: French / English

For more information about the role of public service unions in the European struggle against austerity contact Pablo Sanchez, 0474 62 66 33, psanchez@epsu.org

EPSU is the European Federation of Public Service Unions. It is the largest federation of the ETUC and comprises 8 million public service workers from over 275 trade unions; EPSU organizes workers in the energy, water and waste sectors, health and social services and local and national administration, in all European countries including in the EU’s Eastern Neighborhood. EPSU is the recognized regional organization of Public Services International (PSI).

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