European Trade Unions sent Letter to European leaders

European Trade Unions sent Letter to European leaders

Athens, July 9, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Open letter to European Union leaders, which also bears the signature of the President of GSEE Yiannis Panagopoulos, sent the European Trade Union Confederation, in which it invites them to reach a socially just economically and financially viable agreement with the Greek Government.

In the letter it is stressed that this time the European leaders need to show what it means to have a European Union.

The letter reads:

“The events unfolding in Greece are of historic importance. Solutions must be found to keep Greece in the euro zone and the European Union.

This requires political leadership rather than a technocratic approach. The Greek people voted against unemployment, poverty and austerity policies that have rendered the Greek debt unsustainable. They did not vote against the European Union or against the Euro. To referendum result is not what a number of governments would have wanted. But all leaders recognize that this referendum was the result of a truly democratic process.

We believe that this referendum is a strong signal that policies imposed over the last five years are socially unbearable and financially unsuccessful. People should not be punished for the way they voted. European leaders now have the historic responsibility to find a reasonable compromise. This decision should not be technical or left to the ECB; it must be political.

We are convinced that the EU leaders must think hard before forcing Greece out of the Eurozone. Now is the time to show what it means to have a European Union.

We invite you to repeat the negotiations in good faith in order to quickly achieve a socially just and economically and financially viable agreement with the Greek government”.