President urges more cooperation
between European trade unions
Helsinki (30.11.2012 - Juhani Artto) European trade unions should engage in
even closer cooperation especially now when there are serious political
tensions in the EU, says Mikko Mäenpää, the President of the Finnish
Confederation of Professionals STTK. He spoke on Wednesday in Lisbon at a
conference where Portuguese and Nordic labour market models were compared.
Cuts in wages and social
security in one member state inevitably puts pressure - sooner or later -
on other member states to follow suit and implement similar cuts, he argued.
Moreover, closer cooperation between European unions is essential if the
trade union movement hopes to have any influence with the European
Commission in regard to safety and health matters among other things.
Mäenpää criticized the Commission's work programme for the coming year for
ignoring the EU’s Strategy on Safety and Health at Work.