Europe must fight for its manufacturing base
In advance of the publication of the Commission’s new industrial policy agenda next week, European trade union federations representing manufacturing workers in the metalworking, chemical, energy, mining, textile, clothing and leather sectors have come together to call for a strong industrial policy capable of underpinning Europe’s industrial fabric.
“Industry remains vitally important for a successful European economy to create jobs, to boost productivity, to fuel innovation and to raise social standards. Industrial policy must try to anticipate and manage change in a socially responsible way, with adequate financial and regulatory tools”, state the federations.
The three industrial federations (EMF, EMCEF and ETUF:TCL) have outlined 6 principles for a strong and credible European industrial policy capable of tackling the challenges of the aftermath of the economic crisis, climate change and intensifying globalisation pressures:
1. A strong social dimension to industrial policies
2. Growth-oriented macroeconomic and wage policies
3. A concrete industrial investment agenda
4. A fair transformation towards an energy- and resource-efficient industrial model
5. An effective European energy policy
6. A fair level-playing field internationally
In light of the COP 16 negotiations in Cancun, the three federations have called for measures to ensure a level playing field (including border adjustment mechanisms). In the absence of such conditions, the European Union should review its proposal to unilaterally increase its own emissions reductions target from -20% to -30%.
Peter Scherrer (EMF General Secretary)
Patrick Itschert (ETUF:TCL General Secretary)
Reinhard Reibsch (EMCEF General Secretary)
PRESS 32 /2010
The EMF is the representative body defending the interests of workers in the European metal industry. The EMF has a mandate for the external representation and coordination of the metalworkers' unions and a mandate to engage in bargaining at European level.