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April 2009 ETUC Newsletter

April 2009 ETUC Newsletter

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N°36 |april 2009
 |EuropEan TradE union ConfEdEraTion (ETuC) |ConfédéraTion EuropéEnnE dEs syndiCaTs (CEs)
De redes,
M me t be  b mth  the Ee te
union movement. First of all, this year’s May Day activitiestook place in a very particular context of distress andsocial tension due to the many social repercussions of thecrisis. Then we will have a European Jobs Summit, althoughunfortunately it will be very watered down compared withwhat was initially planned.
he key event will, without a doubt, be the four Euro-demonstrations that we are organising in the context of the European Action Days, from 14 to 16 May. Trade un-ions throughout Europe are busy preparing these demon-strations, which will take place in Madrid, Brussels, Pragueand Berlin. On these action days, European trade unionswill march to save jobs and say ‘no’ to a crisis they did notcause but for which they are paying the highest price.But our mobilisation does not stop there. On 27 and 28 May,all the leaders of ETUC member organisations will meet
Paris to continue the debate on the economic and socialcrisis and the actions needed to resolve it.All these events are accentuated by the fact that they aretaking place in the nal run-up to the European elections,an event of key importance for the future of Europeand its workers. We call for a vote in favour of a socialEurope worthy of the name and will launch a campaignto that eect on Europe Day, 9 May. We have compiledall our demands in a manifesto that we will present tothe candidates standing in the European elections, askingthem to make a commitment to build a Europe that placespeople’s rights at the heart of its priorities. Our supportwill come at that price.I hope to see a great many of you in Madrid, Brussels,Prague and B
Together, let’s make the voice of social Europe heard!
 Jn Mns
General Secretary
ETUC n ctnTde unn gendFcus n te EU ndtde unn stnsEU gendDsse 1:Euen eectns 2009Dsse 2:Euen Sc Fund
More than 10 million Chinese workershave lost their job in March. Sincethe beginning of the crisis, Chinahas recorded more than 30 million
(Source: El Pais)
Fgue f te mnt
Euen Tde Unn Cnfedetn (ETUC)
Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 5
B-1210 Bruxelles (Belgique)Telephone: +32 (0)2 224 04 11
Fax: +32 (0)2 224 04 54E-mail: media@etuc.org
unemedn ne mnt n
ETUC n ctn
. 2
In the framework of its campaign‘Fight the crisis: put the people rst’, ETUC is organising
fu Eu-demnsttns
from 14 to 16 May in
The key message of these European action days is
uttng ee nd wkes t the het f tes ndces
. In fact, it is unacceptable that workers pay an extremely high price for a crisis they did not cause.
The European trade unions will alsodemonstrate because they call for aNew Social Deal that saves employ-ment, and they ask for adequaterecovery plans to face such a severecrisis.
CalENDar oF ThE aCTioN DaySaND praCTiCal iNForMaTioN:
:Madrid –
(855Kb PDF)
: Brussels –
(651Kb PDF)
(865Kb PDF)
: Prague
(804Kb PDF)
‘Put people rst’:
ETUC gnses Euen ctns
days to say ‘no’ to the crisis
For background informationhighlighting ETUC’s actions
 t  elt t the
social and economic crisis, 
ETUC n ctn
. 3
ETUC steeng cmmttee
28/04/2009 – The ETUC steering committee met inBrussels. The response to the crisis, the Europeanaction days on 14-16 May and the campaign for theEuropean elections were the main topics of the meet-ing. Some representatives from the main Europeanpolitical parties took part in a session to address theETUC Manifesto for the European Parliament elec-tions and respond to question from the oor.
a vcty f the unns:1 My s mde  ubchdy n Tukey
27/04/2009 – ETUC welcomes the decisionby the Turkish government to recognise thecelebration of Labour Day on 1 May as a publicholiday. It is a great achievement for the tradeunion movement who mobilised widely for that.
Suth Est Eue Tde Unn Fumdscuss cy t cnfnt the css
07-08/04/2009 – On the occasion of a meeting in Zagreb (Croatia), the members of the South EasternEurope Trade Union Forum discussed the
mct f te css n te egn
, as well as its future. JohnMonks, General Secretary of both ETUC and the Pan European Regional Council (PERC) of the InternationalTrade Union Confederation (ITUC), presented the participants with the European trade union movement’s
sut te Euen ctn ds n 14-16 M
April - May 2009
Tde Unn agend
01-04/04/2009UGT Congress (Spain)28/04/2009ETUC Steering Committee (Brussels)01/05/2009International Labour Day11-16/05/2009LO-N Congress (Oslo)Congress Agenda13/05/2009Meeting of the Group II ‘Workers’ of the European Economicand Social Committee (Brussels)14/05/2009European Action Day (Madrid)15/05/2009European Action Day (Brussels)16/05/2009European Action Day (Berlin and Prague)20-23/05/2009CISL Congress (Italy)Congress Agenda27-28/05/2009ETUC mid-term conference (Paris)

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