8 dec 2017
Op 8 en 9 december houdt Alter Summit zijn volgende Algemene Vergadering in Brussel. Ziehier het programma:
Plaats: FGTB Centrale Générale, rue Watteeu 2, 1000 Brussels
Friday December 8
10:30: Welcome coffee
11:00 – 13:00: Feedback of the Coordination meeting
Secretariat new situation, finances, newsletter project, working groups and enlargement strategy
13:00 – 14:00: Lunch break
14:00 – 15:30: Labour reforms in Europe/EU future
Despite important resistances of the society and the labour movement at national level, governments
have implemented/are implementing such reforms in different European countries. These reforms can
be seen as an importance piece (but probably not the only one) in the project of national governments
and EU (through the treaties and different directives) to modify deeply the labour
These reforms have also showed the difficulties to articulate national struggles with European
decision making level.
Based on these observations, it appears significant to debate about:
• At what stage are these national reforms in the different countries and what are the future
issues about work and jobs in the different countries?
• How could we anticipate and react to future changes in labour reality planned by European
Institutions (5 President Letter, EC different scenari for Europe)?
• How could we develop “Rights4All” in terms of these new issues?
15:30 – 16:00: Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30: Labour reforms in Europe/EU future: second part of the debate
19:30 – 22:30: Conference « Resistances against labour reforms: what’s next ? »
CSC BHV, rue Plétinckx 19, 1000 Bruxelles (salle Helder Camara) (zie verder)
Making a balance of the resistances, how could we anticipate future changes in the labour reality and
prepare our coming (common?) struggles?
With speakers from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain
Saturday December 9
9:30: Welcome coffee
10:00 – 12:30: Workshops for working group
In the Rights4All Conference we discuss the possibility to develop concrete measures/demands in
different areas. Based on a note (to come soon), we will try to build agreement on one/several
proposals to push forward in a near future.
12:30 – 13:00: Lunch break
13:00 – 14:30: Program of activities 2018/2019; Roundtable to feed a common calendar
In order to achieve a common struggle calendar, the AS coordination needs to know the different
campaigns or actions at nationals levels. So, could you prepare a short summary with future struggle
issues and future actions and events?
14:30 – 16:00: Enlargement and enhancement of Alter Summit
MEETING VRIJDAG 8 DECEMBER:
Lois Travail in Europe: what’s coming next?
Friday December 8 – 7pm ; Rue Plétinckx 19, 1000 Brussels
Despite important resistances, governments of various European countries have implemented
important reforms attacking labor codes. These reforms are in fact merely prolonging the project of
national governments and European institutions to radically change relations and the status of work
with a hyper-flexibility of work, i. e. the precariousness of workers, the downward pressure on wages
of the most stable workers and an attack on unionism.
Faced with these trends, conflicts against the “lois travail” have crystallized parallel movements: trade
union mobilization, citizen mobilization, questioning of work and neoliberal society through various
channels (actions, videos, electronic petitions, etc.). These same conflicts have also shown how
difficult it is – despite multiple mobilizations – to repel these attacks at national level and to link
national struggles at European level.
Based on five experiences of resistance (in Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy and Spain), we
want to discuss some of the key issues the social, trade union and political movements are facing in
the longer term.
What strategy remains for trade unionism to renew in a new form its history of a broad social
movement, from which it emerged in the mid-19th century? Will the current configuration of the
balance of power push it to defend its status in the national institutional game or, on the contrary, will
it manage to build broader mobilizations, articulated at the European level, where trade unions and
social movements are associated?
Introduction: by Alter Summit
19:10 – 19:40: Elements of prospective analysis
Which labor relationship are we heading toward?
Werner Rügemer, aktion ./. arbeitsunrecht, Germany
Giulia Frosecchi, University of Trento, Italy
19:40 – 20:30: Trade unionists panel
How to build an effective strategy for the coming years?
Verveine Angeli, Solidaires, France
Jean-François Tamellini, Federal Secretary FGTB, Belgium
Mikel Noval, ELA, Spain
Gabriele Sterkel, Ver.di, Germany
20:30 – 21:30: Discussion with the public
21:30 – 22:00: Exchange between speakers