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The UK is at the tip of a Europe-wide crisis, warns GMB general secretary

on how the economic crisis in the European Union is aff ecting the UK. Sorting Out The Crisis: What’s the EU Got To


Do With It? took place at the People’s History Museum in Manchester on 3 May and was attended by GMB delegates from across the UK. Discussions focused on a report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), showing how austerity measures in the UK are leading us down the same path as Greece and Spain, and into economic disaster. “This government is sacrificing social justice under the banner of austerity,” said Paul. “The ILO report is yet another influential voice telling governments that austerity measures are hurting economic growth as well as

hat happens in Europe doesn’t stay in Europe,” GMB general secretary Paul Kenny has told a GMB conference

any serious prospects of job creation. Youth unemployment in Spain and Greece is topping 50 per cent. The UK’s own figure of 22.2 per cent is the highest in a generation, and in certain struggling regions is much higher. What is it going to take to make them listen?” Other speakers came from as far afield as

Ireland and Germany and included the EU commissioner for employment social aff airs and inclusion, László Andor. A cross-sector panel of local workers also shared their experiences of austerity and the growing threat of unemployment in the North West. GMB North West and Irish regional

secretary Paul McCarthy praised everyone who took part for arguing “against austerity measures put in place by the very people who are still pocketing millions from the misery of working people. Our government has continued blindly down the road of

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EURO CRISIS GMB delegates warned that the European crisis will hit the UK.

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