Frankenstein is dead! (Promise, Monks!)
"The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) regards the result of the European Parliament (EP) vote on the Services Directive as a real victory for European workers. The European Parliament has today approved, by a large majority, the compromise reached by the main political groups in the Parliament, at the same time burying the initial Bolkestein proposal and putting a new text in its place."
This is of course fantastic news. And I think and hope that this can be the start of a new dawn for the European left: the EU is not simply a neo-liberal project, it is also a “campo di possibilità” (field of opportunities), like Gramsci used to say.
The mobilization of the European trade union movement has indeed been impressive, as have the cooperation between the ETUC and social democratic members of the European Parliament like Evelyne Gebhardt and Jan Andersson. But John Monks, secretary general of the ETUC, underlines that the battle is not won yet. Now the issue goes back to the Commission and the Council of Ministers. But the old “Frankenstein directive” should and must be buried now, and hopefully this compromise will be the final one.
So I say congrats, John Monks. But tomorrow (Saturday) we will be on different sides in another not as important, but still indeed very important, battle: Liverpool FC-Manchester United, the FA cup, 5th round.
(Photo by Tommy Svensson)