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About the Speech: In this address Mr. Visentini argued that to achieve growth, the EU needs more investment and higher internal demand. The ETUC believes EU countries should be investing an extra 2% of GDP every year for the next decade to achieve sustainable growth, full employment, and high quality public services. According to Mr. Visentini the wages and purchasing power of European citizens must grow if we want to boost recovery, and the best way to increase wages is through collective bargaining.
About the Speaker: Luca Visentini became Secretary General of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) in October 2015. Previously he was a member of the ETUC Economic and Employment Committee, primarily dealing with economic policies, the regulation of international finance, wage and negotiation policies, the labour market, migration policies and cross-border policies. He has been a member of the Italian Labour Union (UIL) since 1989. ETUC was set up in 1973 and now comprises 88 national trade union confederations in 37 countries, plus 10 European trade union federations.