European Public Service Union: “Which EU government dares to put Competitiveness Pact to a referendum?”


From EUObserver.comTrade unions ‘dare’ EU to hold referendum on economic pact:

“Which of these EU government leaders dares to put the Competitiveness Pact, which goes so very far in asking for legal or constitutional changes to enforce budget deficit targets, to a referendum asking the people if they agree or not?” Jan Willem Goudriaan, the head of the European Public Service Union, told EUobserver after reading a leak of the outlines of a radical eurozone reform plan…
Member states would also be required to: introduce changes to their constitutions to limit national borrowing; harmonise their corporate tax base; and link retirement ages to life expectancy…
The authors appear to be aware that some of the suggestions go beyond what the EU itself is legally allowed to do. They argue that the move: “requires a shift to a higher level of policy co-ordination, in particular in areas that fall under national competence…
“How does a wage freeze for a nurse that takes care of elderly people foster economic growth and address youth unemployment?”…
“Yet somehow the exorbitant salary and scandalous bonuses of a banking, insurance or other company executive who cuts jobs and squandered away billions is supposed to assist Europe to grow out of our economic woes? There are no proposals in this pact to cut or tax these salaries.”
… An Austrian trade unionist, Oliver Roepke of the OVB, told this website: “Since 1918, for example, in Germany, the only time the autonomous collective bargaining was abolished was under the Nazis.”

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