Delegates representing over 60,000,000 workers in Europe voted unanimously in London on Saturday (24 April) to stage demonstrations throughout western Europe on the 1st of May against unemployment.
GV PAN British Trades Union Congress headquarters
MV PAN Demonstrators with placards
MV Delegates enter PAN TO demonstrator with placard calling for "fair elections to European Parliament"
GV ZOOM INTO MV PAN Herr Vetter, Congress President moving vote on unemployment
MV Herr Vetter declaring vote passed
BRITISH TRADE UNION CONGRESS HEADQUARTERS: DEMONSTRATORS WITH PLACARDS: DELEGATES ARRIVING: CONGRESS PRESIDENT HERR VETTER MOVING VOTE ON UNEMPLOYMENT: HERR VETTER DECLARING VOTE PASSED.
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Background: Delegates representing over 60,000,000 workers in Europe voted unanimously in London on Saturday (24 April) to stage demonstrations throughout western Europe on the 1st of May against unemployment.
The vote came on the final day of the congress of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). The Confederation represents 37 million workers form 30 trade unions in the nine European Common Market nations. Also attending the congress were delegates representing over 15 million workers from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Iceland and Malta.
As delegates arrived for the congress they were picketed by a few placard-carrying demonstrators from the British Liberal Party calling for their support in achieving proportional representation in the voting for the first directly elected European Parliament. No date has yet been set for the elections.
The Liberal Party is anxious to gain European trade union support against the British Labour Government which is insisting on a "first past the post" result when the elections do take place.
However, unemployment dominated the final session of the congress. When Congress President, Heinz-Oskar Vetter, the Chairmen of the West German Trade Union Federation, moved a resolution for a Europe-wide May Day demonstration against unemployment, it was passed unanimously.
Herr Vetter told the congress that there were now more than 6,000,000 workers unemployed in western Europe. He said that to combat the unemployment, the E.T.U.C. would call on governments to create a large number of jobs by advancing the investment plans for private and nationalised industries. Where possible, investment should be directed to areas of high unemployment.
SYNOPSIS: London, where on Saturday delegates representing over 50,000,000 workers in Europe voted to stage demonstrations against unemployment throughout western Europe on the first of May.
Delegates to the European Trade Union Confederation Congress were lobbied by a few demonstrators calling for proportional representation in elections for the European Parliament.
However, as the congress President, Heinz-Oskar Vetter stressed at the final session, it was unemployment that was the dominating issue. Herr Vetter, the Chairman of the West German Trade Union Federation moved the resolution for the unemployment demonstration on May Day.
He told the congress that there were now over 6,000,000 workers unemployed in western Europe. To combat unemployment, the Confederation would call on governments to create a large number of jobs by advancing investment plans for private and nationalised industries, he said.