Industrial renaissance neglects industrial workers say Euro unions

euroflag300European trades union organisations have given a guarded welcome to a European Commission report ‘For a European Industrial Renaissance’, emphasising a commitment to foster industrial production so that it contributes 20% to Europe’s GDP by 2020.

The unions ETUC and industriAll Europe said the Commission rightly identified industrial high-value added sectors as economic drivers of the future, but says it lacks a convincing plan for financing. They believe the Commission fails to put forward a proposal on how this potential for growth could be translated into job creation.

“The Commission blames low demand and low investment for the lingering crisis but neglects to point out the root of both: the EU’s crisis management policy, with its failure to reregulate the banking system, where austerity is the overriding rule of the day and where increased competitiveness is seen in terms of cutting wages” said ETUC Deputy General Secretary Józef Niemiec.

industriAll Europe General Secretary Ulrich Eckelmann said: “The social dimension in this proposal that should underpin a productive industry and deliver education, training, social security and workers’ participation is barely touched upon. Any so-called recovery would be a jobless recovery and not the jolt required to jumpstart Europe’s economy. A strong legal framework for anticipation and management of economic change is absolutely necessary.”

Copyright Ken Hurst 2014

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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