14 November 2012: European Day of Action and Solidarity

Why take this action?

The Executive Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) called for a Day of Action and Solidarity, across Europe on 14 November in order to mobilise the European trade union movement behind the ETUC policies set out in the ‘Social compact for Europe’.

The ETUC strongly opposes the austerity measures which are plunging Europe into economic stagnation, recession, and dismantling the European social model. These measures, far from restoring confidence, are only aggravating imbalances and creating injustices.

This Day of Action and Solidarity will include strikes, demonstrations, rallies and other actions.

- Declaration adopted by the ETUC Executive Committee at their meeting on 17 October 2012
(<em> <strong>Click for other language versions</strong> </em>)

- Declaration of the Young Trade Unionists from Southern Europe (German version avalaible here)

Further information will be supplied later in the week.

Support material


To download the Poster, please click on the link below.

- Poster


- EN

- FR

Twitter feed


Google map showing national actions taking place on the European Day of Action and Solidarity, 14 November.

The list of actions shown on this map is not definitive. The map will be updated regularly.

Action in Brussels

Two symbolic events will take place in Brussels led by the ETUC and the Belgian trade unions FGTB-ABVV, CSC-ACV and CGSLB-ACLVB .

1. A tour of the embassies by the ETUC, FGTB-ABVV, CSC-ACV and CGSLB-ACLVB trade union leaders from 10:00 to 11:30.

2. A rally at Rond -Point Schuman ( Schuman quarter) from 12:00 to 13:00.

There will be a press meeting point at Rond -Point Schuman.

The following trade union leaders have already confirmed their presence:

Bernadette Ségol, General Secretary ETUC,
Rudy De Leeuw, President FGTB-ABVV,
Anne Demelenne, General Secretary FGTB-ABVV,
Marc Leemans, President CSC-ACV,
Claude Rolin, General Secretary CSC-ACV,
Jan Vercamst, President CGSLB-ACLVB.
Bernard Noël, National Secretary CGSLB-ACLVB

Several General Secretaries from European trade union federation, as well as members of Brussels-based representative offices of national trade union confederations, will also be present.

- Programme for 14 November in Brussels

ETUC press contacts:

Patricia Grillo Head of Press and Communications +32 (0) 2 22 40 430 +32 (0) 477 77 01 64

Emanuela Bonacina Press officer +32 (0) 2 22 40 432 +32 (0) 473 94 26 47

Daniele Melli Press officer +32 (0) 2 22 40 431 +32 (0) 473 94 25 63