We need investment, not austerity. It’s time for a new path forward.
That was the message brought by tens of thousands of people from across Europe who converged in Brussels on Friday in a European Trade Union Confederation-organized protest against EU-supported austerity policies.
“Our message is simple, and one which EU leaders do not want to hear – that their policies for dealing with the financial crisis are not enough, and have caused a mounting social and economic crisis,” stated Bernadette Ségol, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation. “Our message is that austerity is not working.
Demonstrators marched through the streets carrying placards reading, “We demand quality jobs and solidarity,” “Another Europe is possible,” “Down with austerity,” and “Invest to get out of the crisis.”