European Unions Rally on Juneteenth Against Austerity, For Tax Justice

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19 June European Day of Action No Austerity, Yes Tax Justice !

As part of its campaign “ Europe’s missing € 1000 billion every year: we want it back” the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU)  coordinates a European  tax justice week of actions 17-23 June to make the rich and transnational corporations pay their fair share of taxes.

In Brussels, on 19 June, EPSU and its Belgian affiliates will hold a meeting with Belgian State Secretary John Crombez charged with the fight against tax fraud. Mr Crombez will explain, 9h45 sharp, the role of Belgium in the fight against tax fraud and aggressive tax planning in Europe. Some 200 trade union delegates are expected (CGSP/ACOD; CSC- services publics/ACV-Openbare diensten; SLFP/VSOA)

Some advances have been made recently at EU level towards lifting bank secrecy and introduce automatic exchange of information between public authorities. But we need more concrete immediate actions  as shocking tax scandals reported by the press and tax justice NGOs keep on pouring.

EPSU Deputy General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan, will  show how EC-backed austerity facilitates tax fraud in Europe by axing 50 000 jobs in tax administrations, based on research evidence commissioned by EPSU.

Trade union delegates will then rally in front of the Brussels stock exchange for a media stunt to symbolize Europe’s massive robbery of our money which under-resourced tax administrations want to get back but cannot get back.

Actions led by trade unions are planned in other countries  such as the UK, Austria, Germany, Cyprus – 1 hour work stoppage-,  France and the Netherlands. Others will take place during the week 17-23 June to coincide with G8 summit and International Public Services Day on 23 June, see updates  http://www.epsu.org/r/640

The action seeks to feed into the popular appetite to eradicate tax havens, oblige multinationals to pay their fair share of taxes to finance public services we all need and stop political and corporate interference with investigating tax fraud cases.

Citizens ‘ legitimate anger at austerity for the majority and prosperity for the few will not be appeased by empty words. Citizens don’t mind paying fair taxes according to their means to finance good public services we all need, they do mind being cheated and having to pay for those who can afford to pay but don’t want to pay.

EPSU research Job cuts in tax administrations, in English  http://www.epsu.org/a/9397 and French http://www.epsu.org/IMG/pdf/LayoutTax_collection_services_report_Final_-_FR.pdf

EPSU is the European Federation of Public Service Unions. It is the largest federation of the ETUC and comprises 8 million public service workers from over 265 trade unions; EPSU organizes workers in the energy, water and waste sectors, health and social services and local and national administration, in all European countries including in the EU’s Eastern Neighborhood. EPSU is the recognized regional organization of Public Services International (PSI).