Euro-Demonstration on 9 April in Budapest : European trade unions mobilise for social progress

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The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and its six Hungarian member organisations (LIGA, ASZSZ, SZEF, ESZT, MSZosz and MOSz) are organising a Euro-demonstration on Saturday, 9 April 2011 in Budapest, where the European Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) will meet during the Hungarian presidency. The European trade unions will march to say no to austerity and to call for more social Europe, fair wages and quality jobs.

The policies implemented by the European authorities and the national governments to deal with the ravages of the crisis are essentially based on austerity measures and fiscal consolidation plans that consist of sharp cuts in public spending, pressure exerted to reduce wages and to interfere with the independence of collective bargaining. These social regression measures are taken whilst scandalous bonuses continue to be paid.
The European trade unions are against these policy choices and have stated on many occasions that alternative choices were possible. This is why they will make their voice heard in the streets of Budapest on 9 April, because governing Europe does not mean social regression.
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