For an internationalist class-oriented trade unionism in Europe
In defence of public services
TUI – Public and Allied Employees, a sector organisation of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), was held on 26 and 27 October, in Rome, its 1st. Conference for Europe, hosted by the Italian Unione Sindacale di Base (USB), to carry out the decisions of its 9th. Congress, held in 2009, in Brasilia, and the decisions of the WFTU 16th. Congress, held in 2011, in Athens.
The growth of the TUI-Public and Allied Employees in the European continent and the resulting consolidation of its organisation is a fundamental condition for the success of the class-oriented trade union action, in defence of the rights and interests of the public service employees, as well as in defence of these services as common good and of democracy for the peoples of Europe.
We are aware that the “solidarity” set down in the European Community treaties is a deceit for the workers, a fact that became clearer with outbreak of the crisis of the capitalist system in 2008. This crisis has had several replications, used to impose brutal policies of attacks against the rights of the workers coordinated by the IMF/ECB/EU Troika, dominated by the arrogant attitude of Germany and seconded by France. We are witnessing a move that tries to institutionalize a directorate of the richer countries, in defence of the interests of big national and international business, by enforcing the so-called Stability and Growth Plans (SGP), which has already led into recession countries like Greece, Portugal and Ireland, to be followed by others, as is already being announced for Spain and Italy, or Belgium. Always with the goal of reducing the weight of the states in the economies and increase that of capital.
The perverse effects of this policy – whereby capitalist monopolies dominate the States, with the vassalage of the governments to the economic power of big business, eager for easy and quick profits – appear, namely:
. In the shutting down and handing/privatisation of public services to private monopolies;
. In the exploitation of workers, with the destruction of rights won through struggles all over Europe, after World War II;
. In ending labour with rights – notably, in this sector, by bringing down the price of labour;
. In the precarization of labour status;
. In resorting to companies that subcontract workers;
. In the loss of pension rights, with the increase of time needed to gain retirement rights and the reduction of their value.
The shutting down of Public Services in answer to the interests of big bourgeoisie, eager to manage profitable businesses which are the responsibility of the States – notably in the fields of Health, Education and Social Security – has also severe consequences in terms of labour rights, as well as in reduction of jobs and in dismissal processes.
The workers of this sector have no choice but to resist, fighting in an organised way through their class organisations. At the national level, taking into account the specificness of this professional sector in each country; and, at the international level, by developing a solidary and class-oriented trade union project, within the scope of TUI- Public and Allied Employees and WFTU, by stimulating the convergence of the struggles in Europe. The internationalist solidarity has to defend the workers of the European Public Services, regardless of belonging to the European Union and, within it, the group of the Euro countries, especially since the European Union is the headquarters of big business in Europe, which exports its anti-workers policies to the whole continent and the world.
Hence, with this 1st. Conference of TUI-Public and Allied Employees Europe the participating organisations adopted an Action Plan to be carried out in Europe.
The Action Plan contains the following:
Day of Action of workers in the Public Services Sectors in all European countries on the 23 of February 2012. We propose the delivery of a resolution to the European Union offices with our demands and positions in every country.
Establishment of a web site of the TUI PS-Europe.
Establishment of an observatory mechanism with the aim to follow the developments on a European Union level.
Reinforcement of the organisational structure of TUI PS by establishing links and relations with organisations in the region of Europe, namely in the Health, Social Security, Education and Local Authorities sectors.
Expression of Solidarity with the working people in every country.
approved to the unanimity