Text of a speech delivered at the national conference of the Cadres, Engineer and Services Workers Union, affiliated to the Belgian socialist confederation of trade unions, on October 21, 2010 at Blankenberge, by Stephen Bouquin, Professor of Sociology at the University of Evry in France and a leading activist of Sp.a Rood the left tendency of the Flemish Socialist Party.
Dear comrades, dear friends,
We are currently facing a difficult and complex situation. Many trade union and leftist militants are puzzled and some get discouraged. We feel that our certainties are not worth much anymore. We feel confused and that we no longer have a hold on events. In these tumultuous times it is important to stay on track and especially in the right direction. A conference is a great opportunity to do that. It allows us to examine the situation in which we find ourselves. A conference allows us to outline future perspectives, to agree on objectives and on the actions to be taken. I am very pleased to be able to make a contribution to your conference. It is truly a pleasure and an honor.