The public health crisis that has been shaking the world since the end of 2019 has worried us all
about the catastrophic effects it has caused across the globe – in some places more than others –
leaving everyone anxious and concerned about family, friends, with co-workers and even with
strangers to whom we are not insensitive.
The pandemic still progresses dramatically, potentiating the global impact and all of us,
individually or in our organizations, face the enormous challenge of winning this battle, for the
sake of humanity, justice and solidarity.
The priority is, of course, health, but we cannot ignore the enormous challenge to states and
communities (which we want to preserve) from adding to the effect of the pandemic, namely
the economic and social effects (employment, economy and even territorial cohesion) in a
comparable situation with what happened during the great conflicts.
With all agents in serious difficulties, it is also up to the Trade Unions to avoid further inequality
and poverty in an active participation in the search for solutions as social partners, using all
the political instruments to defend jobs and hiring, which needs to be counted on with
everyone on a serious global and international level.
Particularly at the continental level, European policies must meet the needs for the good of all
citizens and the European project itself. The European Union (if it wants to) has objective
conditions to play, in the world, the central role of recovery from this crisis! It has dimension,
credibility and resources … the signs are uncertain, but we all have to contribute to the final
Always in solidarity! We will win!!!
Afonso Henrique Cardoso, Directors Board President of SINERGIA