A Campaign of the Summer University of the European Left
The Campaign Launched at The Summer University of the European Left:
Do you like working 65 hours per week, sometimes until you reach the age of 70?
Or do you wish to have a better life, a secure job and a decent salary?
Right-wing and social-democratic governments, EU authorities, financial markets and multinational enterprises “offer” you the first. We are proposing to fight together for the second.
Our present existence is getting tighter. What about our future? Precarious. Precariousness is not an exception, but the definition of life for millions of men, women, young people, who don’t see any future worth living for and are facing uncertainty in the present.
Being precarious is the result of neoliberal policies. It’s a new system of domination, based on people’s insecurity and their uncertainty about tomorrow: Work a lot and fast, only when you are called, only a few days a month. Or work all the time, day and night, fast, faster, and more. Work and be poor!
Women especially are the first victims of precariousness, because of the characteristics of their professional life: interruption due to pregnancy and raising children, lower salaries, part-time work, difficulties in finding a job after 50, and then significantly lower pensions.
Don’t wonder if you are able to resist. Ask yourself how to overcome precariousness! Reclaim a better life!
These are some objectives that have to be reached, in order to fight precariousness and construct a decent future.
In the last 10 years, 8.6% of GDP in Europe was transferred from the labour to the capital side. We have to activate all political and economic levers in order to change this logic. The NO of the populations (in the referenda in France, the Netherlands and Ireland) to the European Treaties and to their competition policies provoking precariousness and insecurity, proves that social and political protest is growing in Europe. We have to build a large movement, try to unite popular classes, unions, movements and left forces in a common struggle against precariousness. We need to do this now, and immediately.