Message from the European Regional Office of the WFTU on International Women’s Day

8th March 2019

The European Regional Office of the WFTU on the occasion of 8th March, International Women’s Day, addresses a militant greeting to all working women in Europe; to all the women struggling to support their family, to refugee women and immigrants who were forced to leave their countries as a result of the imperialist wars.

The uprising of the pioneering women workers in New York in 1857 is a shining beacon for millions of working women in the struggle for equality and dignity in life and work.

Today in Europe the vicious anti-social policies being imposed by the European Union and governments are hurting all working people, but especially women who are suffering from the growing attack on their rights. They face serious discrimination in the labour market, social security and are working in flexible forms of employment, becoming victims of violence.

According to a recent report released by the International Labour Organization, it is more difficult for women to join the labour market. The percentage of women in the workforce is just 48% compared to 75% of men. According to the conclusions of the same report, unemployment and poverty rates among working women have increased dramatically.

Capitalism has painted its face with purple colour, but the plans for equality in the companies are only for their own propaganda and do not face the situation of discrimination. Women’s precarious job conditions have brought precariousness into their lives. Sexist violence is a daily occurrence at the work places, while the salary gap between women and men is increasing.

The European Regional Office of the WFTU assures working women, migrant women and unemployed women that within the framework of the decisions approved by the WFTU it will continue to support the struggles against the anti-social policies of the EU, for equality, work with rights, for the protection of maternity and the elimination of all forms of violence against women.