"No eggs from this farmer"

Ascension Day is traditionally the feast of the Christian Workers' Movement. It marks the anniversary of the encyclical letter "Rerum Novarum". Issued in 1891 by Pope Leo XIII it is seen as the launch pad for the Christian Workers' Movement.
On the eve of Rerum Novarum Day Jan Renders, the president of the Christian Workers' Movement ACW, called on people to take a conscious decision and cast a "social" vote on 7 June.

In his address, Luc Cortebeeck, the president of the Christian union, the ACV insisted that legal distinctions between blue and white collar workers shut be at an end by the end of the year.
Mr Renders also issued a warning to our country's politicians. He argued that as a social movement the ACW was not subject to election fever. "It is our duty to sail against the current, against individualism, intolerance and the making of a rougher society.

Mr Renders also had a clear message for the Christian democrat party, the CD&V, the Christian democrats' traditional political partner.

The ACW president stressed the need for allies to strengthen social emphases in politics and prevent Flanders from becoming more right wing.

"Parties who attach importance to our message of social justice must take account of this when choosing coalition partners."

"Minister unwilling to tackle fiscal fraud"

In his address, Luc Cortebeeck, the president of the Christian union, the ACV attacked Belgian Finance Minister Didier Reynders (Francophone liberal). He accused him on mismanagement and unwillingness to tackle fiscal fraud.

"No eggs from this farmer" was Mr Cortebeeck's clear judgement. He wants the people who got us into this crisis to shoulder the greatest pain.

The union boss singled out those who had made little effort on the past and those who will reap the first and biggest fruit from austerity policies and a resurgence of the stock markets.

He also insisted that legal distinctions between blue and white collar workers shut be at an end by the end of the year.

"Blue collar workers feel the discrimination and are sacked first. As early as 1993 the Constitutional Court ruled that the distinction between blue and white collar workers was unconstitutional."