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Finnish News Sources Clueless about European Action Day 14-11-2012??

It is quite astonishing. And I am not sure in what way. ETUC has already for some time announced the European Action Day against Austerity for today, and the Finnish YLE News seems totally oblivious of this – it talks about ‘a wave of strikes’, ‘unrest’ etc.
So the astonishing issue is two-fold: why does YLE not acknowledge the European action day and why doesn’t ETUC succeed in promoting this day? The map of events shows a rather diverse picture of what is organized, and e.g. in Finland the labour union federations are doing this:

SAK, STTK and Akava take political and media action to call for the respect of workers’ rights in Europe. Activities include meeting with the Prime Minister and Ministers of Finance and Labour. Common demands will be delivered to the European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn and Members of the European Parliament.

This is valuable, although a far cry from the strikes and demonstrations elsewhere in Europe. But why doesn’t YLE report about this?? Is the labour movement really that insignificant for current politics?

European Day of Action against Austerity 14.11.2012

Official site here.

The ETUC strongly opposes the austerity measures which are plunging Europe into economic stagnation, recession, and dismantling the European social model. These measures, far from restoring confidence, are only aggravating imbalances and creating injustices.

There is not yet an official European right to strike, so organizing action days is the most ETUC can do. It can call for its members to organize strikes, demonstrations and what-not, but it cannot by itself call a strike.
I am all for an end to austerity. But the situation on the Google Maps -section of the site shows that so far, only austerity-stricken countries are yet organizing something. Nothing in the Netherlands, Germany and Finland. Sweden does have its own currency, so no anti-austerity there (although youth unemployment is rather high as well in Sweden!). The exceptions are so far the UK and Ireland – probably this has to do with their legislation on the legality of secondary strikes and political strikes. At least there was a big demonstration in the UK before last week against austerity.

 

So by all means participate, debate against the Advocates of Austerity and use social media to mobilize people!