(4 Jun 2010)
1. Wide of European Commission building
2. Close-up of EU flags
3. Wide of union representatives and media inside lobby
4. John Monks, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) General Secretary
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Monks, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) General Secretary:
"The European rescue terms for Greece are too tough - I think they're tougher than the IMF (International Monetary Fund) themselves would have imposed. They were the only terms that the Council of Ministers would agree, so there was very little choice for Greece. Similarly, Spain and Portugal, if they do apply for the Euro Rescue Fund, the terms there are as bad as they are for Greece. They're too tough, too hard, and I don't think those economies that swim into that particular net are going to find it easy to get out of it by finding some growth, because the cuts that they have got to impose are too much."
6. Bernard Thibault, General Secretary of the General Labour Confederation of France (CGT), standing with cameraman
7. SOUNDBITE: (French) Bernard Thibault, General Secretary of the General Labour Confederation of France (CGT):
"Yes, austerity is dangerous. It provokes exclusion and perhaps, from one point of view, can be suicide for economic activity. I believe that it will be very difficult to justify a European dynamic - even the notion of a European Union from one social point of view would be vanquished because of social precariousness. On the contrary, the unions assert that it is rather the political parties and nationalist movements that today find a certain amount of success, or by destroying cooperation, altogether hinder the working population of Europe."
8. Cutaway of cameraman with image of Thibault on camera screen
9. Thibault talking to reporter
10. SOUNDBITE: (French) Bernard Thibault, General Secretary of the General Labour Confederation of France (CGT):
"It's already important to be informed and coordinate between all the unions across Europe. I spoke with Mr. Barroso this morning - his final work this week was characterised by a call for increased action between the unions in many different European countries: in Romania, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, also the movements in Belgium, and in Germany."
11. Thibault talking to reporter
12. Wide of union representatives leaving the EC building
European government budget cuts to combat the region's debt crisis are going too far and could trigger an economic depression, trade unions warned on Friday.
The head of the European Trade Union Confederation, John Monks, said the European rescue terms for Greece are "too tough."
He also warned that the conditions attached to the euro rescue fund could be damaging for countries such as Spain and Portugal if they need to apply for help.
"I don't think those economies that swim into that particular net are going to find it easy to get out of it by finding some growth, because the cuts that they have got to impose are too much," he said.
Monks was speaking after attending a meeting between workers' representatives, Europe's major employer federation and EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
He said he had asked for Friday's talks because he was alarmed about the prospects for growth and jobs in Europe as countries move to cut their budgets and reduce public spending.
Monks also warned that there could be "quite a bit of social unrest in some countries" over harsh reductions in state spending, which include cuts to public sector salaries, pensions and benefits.
Workers are planning protests and possibly work stoppages across the European Union on September 29, when EU finance ministers will hold a meeting.
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