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ETUC action day: No to austerity!

14 March, 2013Austerity is not working! Ahead of the European Summit, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is organizing a European trade union action against austerity and for jobs for young people.

The European Union (EU) needs to have a strong social dimension that is why the ETUC is organizing a European trade union action on 13-14 March 2013, ahead of the European Summit scheduled for 14-15 March. Thousands of workers, union representatives and citizens from Europe will call for the suspension of the EU’s austerity policies, which have had a terrible impact on the economy. 

On 13 March, national mobilizations were organized in several European countries. A European trade union rally will take place in Brussels on 14 March, trade union delegations from all over Europe will be there to demand a change of direction. ETUC leader Ignacio Fernández Toxo and general secretary Bernadette Ségol will give speeches along with other union leaders.

Unions won’t be alone to mobilize against austerity policies.  NGOs, associations and social movements gathered within a coalition, “For a European Spring.” also have a program of initiatives and their demonstration will meet with the ETUC’s in Brussels on March 14, with the slogan “Our democracy against their austerity!”

Austerity is driving the economy into recession and forcing the most vulnerable citizens into poverty. Only a change of economic and political governance can improve employment and growth. One of the priorities of the ETUC action will be to focus on young people who are paying the heaviest price for the crisis and austerity.

Where? At the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels

When? On 14 March, 2013 from 2pm to 4pm.