In Belgium, on the basis of a 50-year old Law, a monopoly on trade union activity is given to only three unions. All have a connection with a traditional political family: the liberals, the Christian Democrats and the socialists. Just like in the American movies about the Mafia, these 'Three Families' form a network that controls 100% of collective bargaining with employers. Furthermore they exclude all but themselves from taking part in social elections within companies. By doing so, they receive millions of government funding. Because of their monopoly and their political influence, membership of a union in Belgium stands at a staggering 54% of the workforce compared with. 22% in the Netherlands and 8% in France.
For several years, these monopoly unions in Belgium have banned nationalists simply because of their opinions. Workers who oppose globalism and uphold the right of a Nation to govern itself are discriminated against because of their opinion, and barred from taking part in the social elections in their company. The right to nominate candidates has been limited to the establishment trade unions (except in the case of professional and managerial staff, where independent candidates are also permitted).
These elections are held among a Belgian enterprise's employees to elect the members of the works council and the workplace health and safety committee. The elections are held every four years and are regulated by very detailed legislation analogous in many respects to that governing municipal elections.
There are separate electoral bodies for blue-collar workers, white-collar workers and "kaderleden/cadres" (professional and managerial staff). Employees classed as senior executives are excluded from taking any part in the elections.
In 2004, under the inspiring leadership of the late Marie-Rose Morel, independent nationalists tried to take part in the social elections. When they where rejected under the Monopoly Law, they went to the Supreme Court and tried to win real free social elections. The Supreme Court rejected their claim, and said 'they should start a union if they want to'.
So, that's what now happening for the social elections of 2012 in Belgium. A board of 15 nationalists has started the Vlaamse Solidaire Vakbond (VSV) on the 11th of July 2011, the Flemish national holiday, in the Flemish parliament in Brussels. They will put forward nationalist candidates in the social elections of 2012 - to once more challenge the monopoly of the 'three families'.
'Vlaamse Solidaire Vakbond' in Dutch means: the Flemish union for solidarity. As the name already makes clear, there are a lot of similarities between VSV and the UK Solidarity Trade Union (STU). Therefore, the VSV is recognised by STU as a branch. The VSV accepts and becomes a branch.
The candidates put forward by the Vlaamse Solidaire Vakbond (VSV) for participation in the social elections in Belgium are hereby recognised by the Solidarity Trade Union (STU) as it's own, fully fledged and valid candidates for the social elections in Belgium.
The VSV and the STU confirm, as their geographic field of action is different and both uphold the necessity of subsidiarity and national sovereignty. Without any qualification of what was written above, they agree to keep the largest autonomy and freedom in determining points of view and activities. The members and the boards of the one are not bound by the points of view or activities of the other.
The VSV and the STU confirm together their attachment to the principles of the democratic state-of-law, and will in particular act to defend and install real union freedom, real freedom of speech and real freedom of conference and association. They will work together in the struggle for the interests of working people and their national community, both on a local, national and international level.
The co-operation between STU and VSV once more stresses the historical friendly ties between the region of Flanders and the United Kingdom, in particular England. It also confirms the friendly ties between nationalists in both Flanders and the UK, especially after the last European elections.
Tomorrow (December 1) an agreement will be signed at a Press Conference within the Flemish Parliament between Patrick Harrington, General Secretary of STU, and Rob Verreycken, President of VSV. It is an important step forward in co-operation between European Nationalists who are concerned about the rights of working people.