Final declaration of the Rights4All Now Conference – 25-26 November, Brussels
Final declaration of the Rights4All Now Conference – 25-26 November, Brussels
In order to build our Europe, we must challenge the EU’s rules. The failure of its economic policies, its authoritarian policies, and the delegitimization of is bureaucracy are the breeding ground for the nationalist and xenophobic feelings that endanger democracy and peace.
The Alter Summit network and its member organizations want to express their full support and solidarity to the French social movements in their struggle for the withdrawal of the Loi Travail.
When it launched its umpteenth reform, the French government was counting on a trade union movement weakened by in-fighting and defeats, on pensions in particular.
During two days of plenaries and workshops, we will discuss the urgency of an ecological transition, the digitalisation and internationalisation of productive processes, the political and social impact of migration and the necessity to defend commons and public services. We will exchange views about our struggles and practices across Europe and try to define common axes for action.We will also debate how to confront EU policies and institutions from our national and local perspectives.
Commercialisation is having an impact on health care systems everywhere in Europe. Numerous reforms carried out from the end of the 1970s have allowed access by commercial operators aiming to make a profit and thus progressively changing the complex dynamics of health care systems.
April 7 is the World Health Day. Its the day choosen by Health users and workers, citizen collectives, trade unions and NGOs to demonstrate against Health commodification.
Alter Summit joints this Call!
Alter Summit calls its members to organise, support or join any demonstation or gathering opposing the UE-Turkey agreement in the « management » of the refugee crisis. Demonstations are already planned on 16th of March, eve of the EU Summit.
First of all, Alter Summit reiterates its will to work with all social and political forces fighting for another Europe. Alter Summit will join, according to its action capacity, any initiative. We will work for struggle convergence keeping our autonomy.
Europe is at the moment ruled by a permanent state of emergency: border guards filter migrants who arrive everyday at the external frontiers under even harsher criteria. Documents are controlled more indiscriminately. Security measures against the inhabitants of urban peripheries are on the rise. Municipalities forbid public demonstrations. Nationalist and racist discourses grow.
On 30 November and 1 December, the Alter Summit Network met in Paris on the occasion of the mobilizations for climate justice. Bringing together over 50 representatives of European organizations*, this meeting provided the opportunity to discuss several topical issues (terrorist attacks and wars, climate, migration), to take stock of the network activities against the austerity policies of the European Union, as well as to make different proposals for activities over the coming months.
"We, the people who take this initiative and sign the following document, address an appeal of solidarity to the people of Europe. We need your support to achieve an adoption of a law for the protection of workers’ rights through the effective restoration of collective agreements, by the Greek Parliament. This initiative will work openly and inclusive. Anyone who really wants to contribute to this campaign is welcomed. The only pre-requisite is the agreement for the essential restoration of the collective bargaining system. Our aim is to create a pan-European pressure in order to stop this coup of institutions that do not allow the adoption of such a law."
Call to all organizations and movements sharing our motto to integrate the action framework, contribute to our program and join us for the European Marches and in Brussels on 15th, 16th & 17th October.
To sign the Call please contact Sebastian@altersummit.eu.
Call open for all support via firstname.lastname@example.org
The night of July 13th will be remembered in history as the night of the European shame.
Support the Greek people!
On 27th of June, a meeting of european social movements will take place in Athens. The idea was launched on May 2 in Athens and confirmed in the Assembly of Alter Summit last 8th of June.
Greek social/political movements have already made a proposal for a public event in the evening (see document attached).
United we stand against austerity and social injustice
About 100 days after a new government was elected in Greece in order to fight austerity, the new anti-austerity left wing in Spain, born of social movements, experienced historic victories. Is this the beginning of the end of austerity in Europe? One cannot yet be sure.
We were preceded by Greece, where the working class people chose Siriza to rule and build a different country, fair, free and democratic, against all of selfish, decrepit, old Europe’s traps, punches below the belt and blackmailing. On May 24th, change started for Spain as well.
Speech of Sophie Binet, member of the confederal direction of CGT, on May 1 in Hambourg.
Call for a European bottom up mobilization, from movements of Greece.
More than 60 people representing around 40 organizations (networks, trade unions, parties, social platforms, see the list below) attended the meeting called by several European networks. We do not pretend to represent all European social movements. We just decided to join our forces to work together for the action mentioned below. We call all other interested organizations to join us in this effort. In a more long term, we are interested in doing a step forward creating a European Front against Austerity and for Democracy.
The Convergence assembly gathered this 28th of March in the World Social Forum in Tunis expresses its solidarity with the Greek people fighting against austerity, for democracy, social change and an other Europe.
Following the Alter Summit assembly in Brussels in March and the convergence assembly in Tunis WSF, we kindly ask the social movements and the Trade Unions willing to cooperate in solidarity with the Greek people, the Greek social movements and the anti-austerity policies of the Greek government to come to Athens and attend a coordination meeting on May the 2nd from 9 am to 2 pm.
Hans-Jürgen Urban, Executive board member of the German trade union IG Metall
A speech for a rally of the DGB (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, Confederation of German Trade Unions) as part of the Blockupy protests, March 18th 2015
For a democracy from below, let’s fight austerity everywhere
On 5th and 6th of March, Alter Summit will organize its next assembly. We will talk about Climate and TTIP mobilizations, and of course about the situation in Greece and the resistances against austerity in Europe. Welcome!
Some first observations.
The historical victory of Syriza is not the results of simple twist of fate. Already in 2012 did Syriza appear like a major player, like the principal left-wing party that dared to express a big ambition. By offering to greek electers the possibility to make not a protesting vote but a government vote.
On the 19th of December nearly 4,000 people assembled in the European Quarter of Brussels to denounce austerity policies and free trade agreements (particularly TTIP). This was the third large-scale action of the Belgian D19-20 Alliance since it was officially founded on 19th December 2013.
Alter Summit warmly congratulates the Greek people. They have clearly expressed its will for a change and the rejection of austerity ravaging the country for 5 years. It is a worthy and courageous choice.
An international campaign in support of the Greek people is forming in Europe. Alter Summit will be involved and participate in its capacity.
Different organizations support the general strike in Belgium on 15th of December...
Our national and European leaders continue to subject the people to the will of shareholders and multinationals while austerity becomes increasingly brutal. We call on all organisations and individuals to make December 19, 2014 a day of action and convergence of struggles.
Alter Summit’s workshop at the Blockupy Festival. Friday the 21th of November, from 2pm to 4.30 pm.
Haus der Jugend, Deutschherrnufer 12, Big room, Frankfurt, Germany.
The essential issue of transitioning to an ecological economic system that does not destroy the planet and climate has been deferred by the 2008 “crisis” (undoubtedly one of the numerous benefits the crisis gave banks and multinationals…) Not just deferred in terms of passions and agendas, but also, very concretely, in terms of efforts deployed. More than €1000 billion have been spent by European states to save the banks – money which could have been spent to transform our economy ….
Since 2002, the European Union and the countries of African, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) negotiate "Economic Partnership Agreements". The Economic Partnership Agreements are agreements between the EU and ACP regionally integrated areas, that is to say, common markets, characterized by a common external tariff (CET) and the free movement of goods within the zone.
11-12 December 2014, European Parliament in Brussels: seminar to discuss a critical and forward-looking approach to migration policies: reflecting on freedom of movement
Press Release - Brussels, 9 October 2014
October 11 is a European day of action denouncing the free trade treaties TTIP, TISA and CETA. Opposition is getting stronger every day as more and more sectors become aware of the threats they pose to our lives and our democracy. Hundreds of actions and activities are planned in more than 15 European countries (www.stop- TTIP-ceta-tisa.eu). This will also coincide with the launch of the European Citizens’ Initiative, bringing together hundreds of thousands of signatures to tell the European Commission to put a stop to these treaties (www.cncd.be/stop-TTIP).
Press release - Brussels, September 30th 2014
These days, the European Deputies will be induced to audition the candidates who were presented by the Member States for being part of the future European Commission. For Alter Summit, the team proposed by Jean-Claude Juncker is corrupted by the conflicts of interests and diametrically opposed to the European people interests.
Call for European decentralised multi-sectoral day of action against TTIP, CETA and corporate free trade agenda on 11 October 2014.
The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) is becoming an issue for many people in Europe. Negotiated in secret in Geneva for almost two years by over 50 countries, including the European Union, USA, Japan, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Australia and South Korea, it has taken months of work from global researchers and a spectacular leak from Julian Assange’s Wikileaks to expose anything about its contents.
The action week of the caravan of refugees and undocumented migrants, which took place from the 20th to the 28th of June 2014 in Brussels, was an unprecedented event. Indeed, more than 500 refugees, migrants and supporters (with a very large majority of migrants) joined together for a week to discuss and take actions on the fringe of the summit of heads of States who were discussing the european migratory problems.
It is proposed that mobilisation takes place between the 15th and 22nd of September, ie the week before the court’s final decision on the 595 cleaners, which is set for the 23rd of September. A possible joint Day of Action could be the 20th of September.
The general assembly of ALTER SUMMIT condemns the outrageous police violence used against cleaners and janitors of the Greek Ministry of Finance demonstrating in Athens yesterday.
Press release, Brussels, 16 May 2014
This Thursday morning over a thousand people were in the streets of Brussels, attempting to peacefully protest against austerity and the proposed great transatlantic market (TTIP) which were being discussed in the absence of citizens at the European Business Summit.
Before the election of the European Parliament social movement activists, altermondialists, migrants, precarious and industry workers, party members and unionists and many more people call for European days of action from 15th to 25th with the slogan “solidarity beyond borders – building democracy from below”.
Activities in dozens of cities in nine different European countries have been announced already.
A successful mobilisation and a message that does justice to the crucial issues at hand
On 4th April, no fewer than 50,000 people, mostly trade unionists from all over Europe. responded to the summons of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) to denounce austerity policies and demand that Europe travel a new route.
On April 3, Alter Summit organized a Meeting on Right-Wing Extremism. We present here the conclusions of this event. The conclusions are not necessarily the point of view of Alter Summit.
While the European Union crisis regime builds more and more borders in order to divide, exploit and oppress us, new transnational movements are arising. We are social movement, activists, altermondialists, migrants, precarious and industry workers, party members and unionists and many more, who want to connect our struggles and powers beyond nation-state lines. During the week before the elections for the European Parliament we call for the spirit of the multitude of these social movements to build real democracy from below.
Wednesday March 12, 2PM
Venue: Pletinckxstraat 19, 1000 Brussels
Two years after the first “Another Road for Europe” forum, the European Progressive Economists Network (euro-pen) in cooperation with Alter Summit invites civil society organisations, social movements, networks, trade unions and political forces to a discussion at the European Parliament in Brussels on the ways out of the European crisis.
19 March 2014 European Parliament • Brussels Place du Luxembourg Building Altiero Spinelli, Room ASP 1G-2
On the eve of the European elections in May 2014 Europe is faced with the prospect of economic stagnation, rising inequality and a growing divide (...)
On Saturday the 22nd of March, a huge demonstration will take place in Madrid as a culmination of the Marches of the Dignity, which over several weeks have walked across the Spanish geography in order to make visible the people’s rejection to the policies that local governments, under Troika’s dictate, have being implementing for several years to the vast majority of the population.
The main slogans of this mobilization are: Pro social and labor rights: employment, housing and basic income for everyone. In favor of democracy and against Troika’s policies. No to austerity: against cuts in (...)
You will find below, the call of the cleaning women of the greek ministry of finance in fight for their rights.
"We are 595 cleaning women and for years we have been working for the Greek Ministry of Finance. Since 18th September 2013 we have been in a state of suspension and in May 2014 we are to lose our jobs, to be FIRED.
We are all women – the gender discrimination is obvious – and most of us are over 50; very close to retirement and pension, which we will never get. Many of us have a one-parent family who live on our salary.
These austerity policies deprive us of our right to work (...)
After the right-wing majority failed Left Bloc and Communist Party’s proposals in Parliament to integrate these workers with a legal work contract, yesterday more than half of the 400 workers of the telemedicine service “Saúde 24” (Health 24) went on strike against false autonomous workers, against the layoff of over 100 of their colleagues and demanding the resignation of the company’s administration.
The struggle of over 400 nurses against precarious labour and wage cuts is in the spotlight in Portugal, as the private company which runs the telemedicine public service has fired over 100 (...)
Many trade union leaders and prominent academics in Germany have publicly declared their solidarity for the Alter Summit. Attached you will find their Sympathy–Declaration of the ‘European Alternative Summit’ in Athens.