Europe must go ‘further and faster’ call by ETUC
Addressing the full College of the European Commission today, the General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), John Monks, urged the Commission to go further and faster than it has so far done in fighting the economic crisis.
Mr Monks called for a second recovery plan of 2% of gross domestic product (GDP), including larger, sustainable projects financed by European Growth Bonds. Moreover, he called for a stimulation of demand and purchasing power as part of a New Social Deal for workers. He also urged to establish new traffic rules on mobility of labour, asking specifically for a new Social Progress Protocol and a stronger Posted Workers Directive to protect collective bargaining. Finally, he called for a tough EU response to reforming the financial system which has caused the wreckage of the world’s economy.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Monks said: ‘Europe is being tested like never before. It must rise to the challenge and it can do this by demonstrating that it is on the side of workers. A New Social Deal is imperative’.
John Monks’ remarks at today’s College of the European Commission are available online on the ETUC website at: www.etuc.org/a/5865
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