Tackling poverty together
The ETUC and the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is participating in the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, a campaign being conducted by the European Commission during the year 2010. This participation will be materialised in a whole range of events. The ETUC will also work with civil society with a view to eradicating poverty and consequently social exclusion in the European Union. The ETUC and its member organisations also plan to make the most of the opportunity offered by this European campaign to place their initiatives within the process of the employment campaign it will conduct in 2010.
The Lisbon Strategy aimed to contribute to the eradication of poverty in Europe by 2010. There is no escaping the fact, however, that poverty and social exclusion remain firmly anchored in the European Union. The situation is growing worse with the crisis. This explains why the ETUC considers that a strong mobilisation and an unwavering commitment are more necessary than ever to combat poverty. This mobilisation must be led simultaneously on two fronts: social protection and employment. Tackling poverty is not just about providing remedies, but also involves working upstream to strengthen and improve social protection systems. It also means ensuring a decent income for all, whatever the individual’s social, professional or personal situation. Combating poverty also requires developing quality social and healthcare services that are accessible to all and affordable. The ETUC did not wait for the European Commission’s campaign to become active on the ground through its member organisations. It has taken action in this area for more than 20 years. The European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion must be an opportunity to enhance the ETUC’s determination and mobilisation through a variety of initiatives.
An outline of trade union action over the last 30 years, plus European strategy to fight social exclusion. (2002)