Friday, 9 May 2014

UNISON Scotland calls for Europe of full employment which cares for future generations

9 May 2014

UNISON Scotland launched its manifesto for the European elections today (Friday 9 May 2014). The trade union in Scotland is calling for policies which end austerity and protect working people.

UNISON is concerned that with the independence referendum just a few months away and all the talk about the rise of UKIP we forget that the European elections, on 22 May 2014, matter for millions of people across Europe.

Lillian Macer, UNISON Scotland convener said,

‘UNISON is gravely concerned about severe austerity measures which have been imposed on EU countries. These measures have brought widening inequality and mass unemployment resulting in terrible social impact on thousands of working people across Europe. The decisions taken by the European Parliament have never been more important. Today we launch our European manifesto for a Europe of full employment for future generations’

Mike Kirby, UNISON’s Scottish secretary said,

‘This election matters to millions of people across Europe. We urge people to judge the policies of the political parties standing in these elections against the principles in our manifesto. Our public services should be protected against privatisation, we need equality for women, an end to discrimination in Europe, to tackle climate change, improve workers rights, and we need a Europe with full employment which cares for our young people’

UNISON manifesto Public Works in Europe 2014 calls for:

•    an immediate end to austerity policies
•    openness in EU trade agreements
•    protection of public services against privatisation
•    opposition to commercialisation of water services
•    raise minimum wage rates across Europe, end zero hours contracts and tackle underemployment
•    equal treatment for migrant workers
•    support for parents to balance home and family life
•    improved parental rights across EU


Notes to editors

1.    UNISON Scotland’s manifesto: Public Works in Europe - Unison Scotland manifesto for the European Election can be read at:

2.    UNISON is the largest trade union in Scotland representing 160,000 members

1 comment:

  1. I have read the Manifesto and it's advocating the reforming of the EU, and here is the funny thing there are those in the movement who kid themselves that the EU can be turned into a social democratic project to improve working people’s lives. It can’t. It is, and was always designed to be, a thoroughly anti democratic corporate juggernaut out of the control of the people of Europe, and very much in the control of European capital. EU-led cuts, mass privatisation and tax rises have created massive unemployment and eroded domestic consumption which accounts for about three-quarters of GDP. Yet the troika announced that it’s not enough. The EU uses the economic crisis to accelerate neoliberal “globalisation” structural adjustment.. Nothing must hinder the free movement of goods, capital, services and people. EU treaties allow corporate capitalism to operate unhindered by any use by workers of national democratic structures. These are the EU’s un-reformable foundations. Just about all the motions passed at TUC Congress – for the renationalisation of our railways and postal services, for trade union rights and an end to austerity – are prevented by EU rules and the power structure is geared towards the corporate rule. Withdrawal from the EU is the prerequisite to enable Britain to launch a programme of direct public sector intervention through public ownership and control and adopt an active industrial policy. I do not endorse this Manifesto!