Around 8000 trade unionists from all over Europe took part in a demonstration today in Brussels calling for ‘A fairer Europe for workers’ organised by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). The aim was to draw attention to the European elections, and spread trade union demands for a better and more social Europe, better pay and better working and living conditions.

ETUCE member organisations from across Europe responded to the call to demonstrate and colleagues from Belgium, France, Kosovo, Estonia, the United Kingdom and Italy marched together to raise awareness on the four key demands of ETUCE’s ongoing campaign Shape the Future of Europe with Teachers in view of the upcoming elections to the European Parliament.

The demonstration finished by a rally during which ETUCE European Director Susan Flocken addressed the demonstrators. After thanking all the workers in education and public services for joining the demonstration, she stated: “We are here today to show our solidarity and commitment for a fair and social Europe. A Europe that cares for its workers and its citizens. A Europe that leaves no one behind

Commenting on the attacks on education, she continued: "As education trade unions in Europe, we have pushed back attempts from big multinational companies to make profits out of our children’s education as part of our campaign work and commitment in the Education International’s Global Response to Education Privatisation"

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