BBC. 13 December 2001. Thousands march ahead of summit.

The first demonstrations ahead of this weekend's European Union summit
in Belgium have got under way, with tens of thousands of trade unionists
marching through Brussels.

Thursday's march was to demand greater involvement of Europe's trade
unions in the development of social and employment legislation.

"This is an appeal for a more social Europe," said Waltraud Etz, a
spokeswoman for the European Trade Union Confederation, which organised
the march.

"We want more jobs and better quality jobs," she said.

There is anger among the Belgian workforce at rising unemployment and
the collapse of the national airline, Sabena.

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Barry Stoller

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