[fse-esf] Fwd: EUROPEANS AGAINST THE CUTS ? Please cascade.
johnstreet at gn.apc.org
Thu Dec 16 18:42:10 CET 2010
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>Call for a European Conference against Austerity
> A new movement has risen in Europe.
> In Greece in May a series of general strikes
> shook the government. In France millions took
> to the streets to oppose the increase in
> pension age. There have been general strikes in
> Spain, Italy and Portugal and a new student
> movement has taken to the streets against the
> dismantling of universal education in Britain.
> Ireland has seen its biggest trade union march
> for a generation and there have been large
> protests in Germany, Romania, Iceland and elsewhere.
>The peoples of Europe face a common enemy. The
>international financial system is demanding that
>national governments make savage spending cuts.
>All the social gains of the post war period are threatened.
>2011 will be a vital year we must work to
>ensure that this new movement grows in strength
>and begins to challenge the power of the
>financial markets. The situation is urgent. The
>economic crisis continues to deepen and
>ricochets from country to country threatening to
>plunge Europe into permanent slump.
>In Britain we have established a Coalition of
>Resistance to fight the austerity measures in
>November we held our founding conference which
>drew together more than 1200 activists and trade
>union militants. We were inspired by the events
>in Greece and now the new movement here has
>found support from Italian and Greek students.
>This is already an international movement but
>we need to establish co-ordination and learn
>from each others experiences. We therefore call
>for a European Conference against Austerity to
>take place in 2011 in London or elsewhere. It
>should invite delegations and representatives
>from all the political and social movements of Europe.
>Andrew Burgin and Chris Nineham on behalf of the Coalition of Resistance
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