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18 October 2012

The way forward for Europe - fighting austerity!

It is in a difficult economic and social context in Europe that the BWI will be holding its European regional meeting in Warsaw next week. All across Europe, inequality, the incidence of low pay in relation to job insecurity, the number of working poor are constantly on the rise, Wage dumping pressures and attacks on workers' rights have increased. “For the BWI, it is very clear that the European trade union movement has to re-examine its strategy and oppose the austerity measures that are dragging Europe into recession and dismantling the European social model, ” says Vasco Pedrina, BWI vice-president for Europe.

The debate will focus on strategies against social dumping and a new “European Social Contract”. Delegates will also investigate the contributions of BWI industrial sectors to an ecological reconversion and the creation of jobs at European level. Finally there will be a decision on how to react on the attacks on trade union rights and democracy in CEE countries.

BWI continues to support the strikes in different European countries as well as the European Day of Action organised by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) on 14 November 2012 to show the way forward in forcing through the necessary change of course. The recession can only be stopped if budgetary constraints are loosened and imbalances eliminated, with a view to achieving sustainable economic growth, and social cohesion, and respecting the values enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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