Rights 4 all now!
Social and labour rights in time of austerity and deregulation: Strengthening and connecting struggles in Europe
In order to build our Europe, we must reject the EU's rules. The failure of its economic policies, its
authoritarian policies, and the delegitimization of is bureaucracy are the breeding ground for the
nationalist and xenophobic feelings that endanger democracy and peace.
The future proposed by the European elites - supported by most of the member states - will only
heighten these contradictions: the Report of the Five Presidents, the REFIT programme, as well as
the free-trade agreements being negotiated (TTIP, CETA and TiSA) will attack all the achievements
of a century of workers' and people's struggles _ under the pressure of debt repayment and policies
And yet we are willing to bet on Europe. Europe as a history of shared struggles, as the construction
site for our common struggles. Europe as an area of solidarity across frontiers, for combating the
immense forces of Capital together, and responding to the global challenges facing humanity. This
Europa can only be built by the articulation of local struggles and based on a global analysis of the
EU, which today is the principal enemy of our European social heritage.
During two days of plenary sessions and workshops, we will discuss the political and social impact
of digitalization and the internationalization of production processes, the divisions among the "new
European working class", the urgency of an environmental transition, as well as the need to defend
and promote the commons and public services. We will also debate the way to oppose European
policies and institutions at the local, national, and European level. We will share information about
our struggles and practices across Europe, in order to define joint directions of analysis and action.
An initiative from Alter Summit
Alter Summit is a European network of trade unions, social movement collectives, NGOs and
networks willing to organise resistance to austerity and neoliberal policies at European level for the
construction of a real democracy and alternatives.The financialisation of capitalism is opening new avenues for the commercialisation and privatisation of commons and public services. Free-trade agreements, austerity and fiscal policies and new public management complete the picture.
When: 25 november, 10:00 a.m. - 26 november, 4:30 p.m.
Where: ACV/CSC, Rue Plétinckxstraat 19, 1000 Brussels (map)
Workshop: Defend and promote commons and public services for all
26 November, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Commons and public services are essential for sustaining life in society and for the well-being of all citizens, which makes universal access to both fundamental. They are part of the redistribution of wealth in societies currently based on inequality. In doing so, they reflect the social and political balance of power within the society.
Defending public services and commons is also to defend democratic practices and the participation of the population in defining the path for society. It is therefore important to rethink their utility in responding to actual social needs and to see them as a project for the whole society.
But under which flag could we unify our many struggles for commons and public services? Is approaching this question through commons useful for this task? How important is the territorial aspect of commons and public services? Which alternatives do we have to carry/propose? Which principles and criteria have to be highlighted?
Starting from concrete experiences of resistance but also from existing/emerging alternatives, we will debate and try to build a common dynamic for reflection and action.
Contact: Federico Tomasone, federico.tomasone(at)rosalux(dot)org