The EMF has become "industriAll" after joining forces Wednesday 16th 2012 with EMCEF and ETUF-TCL.
industriAll's website can be accessed by clicking here. The EMF website will continue to run in parallel for a limited time.
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“IndustriAll European trade union – stands for a change of course for Europe. Europe needs sustainable industrial growth, more jobs and improved job security, greater participation rights for workers and citizens, and greater solidarity and fairness in distributing income and wealth in Europe!” declared Ulrich Eckelmann, the newly-elected General Secretary of the new European trade union federation.
After the bankruptcy of Petroplus in January 2012 a second refinery out of the five within the group is struggling to find a new owner. The administrator of the the Coryton refinery in Essex (UK) officially announced on 28 May that it would be closed within 90 days. This is a bitter blow for the nearly 1,000 workers it employs, mostly organised by industriAll’s UK affililiate UNITE, and contractors.
At its Founding Congress in Brussels, the European trade union IndustriAll was created and elected its first leadership.
Ulrich ECKELMANN (IG Metall – DE) will lead the new organization. He received 99.2% of the votes cast. He will be supported by Bart SAMYN (ABVV-Metaal – B), Sylvain LEFEBVRE (FCE-CFDT – FR) and Luc TRIANGLE (ACV-CSC METEA – B), who were elected as Deputy General Secretaries.
Labour related news
IndustriAll, represented by Deputy General Secretary Luc Triangle, is taking part in the trade union delegation meeting with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy this morning, as well as in the ETUC Rally that kicks off at 5 pm in the Schuman area under the slogan “Growth and Investment for Jobs – No to Deregulation”.
An informal European Summit on growth will be held on 23 May. European leaders have come to realise that austerity is an economic and political dead-end. Recently, growth has become the priority of European debates and the recent elections in Europe have certainly helped to bring about a change in positions.
Today, the Commission published its Employment Package. Whilst its Communication ‘Towards a jobs-rich recovery’ rightly puts the focus on the daunting challenge of tackling high and persistent unemployment across Europe, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has major reservations about its ability to deliver.