Unions and activists in more than 30 countries are this week campaigning in support of a financial transactions tax (FTT) and quality public services. Unions and organizations are invited to join in the events.

The Global Week of Action on the FTT recognizes that this is a critical time to push for fair taxation of the large transnational institutions whose reckless actions led to a global financial meltdown, rising unemployment, and deep cuts in services to people. The European Parliament will be discussing and voting on a report on the FTT on May 22. The EU ‘Growth’ Summit, where the FTT is on the agenda, meets on May 23.

The National Nurses United have led the organizing of a march and rally for the FTT to mark the G8 meetings, the Global Week of Action for a Robin Hood Tax. The mayor of Chicago tried to move the march, on the grounds that crowds would be bigger because activist musician Tom Morello had been added to the bill. The result has been greater publicity.

See videos and pictures from "The People's G8 summit" in Chicago:




This week there will be campaigning from Italy to India, Brazil to Belgium, and on the streets of Chicago where the G8 Summit is taking place.

Links to campaign toolkits and facts about the FTT for the week of action are available in English, Spanish and French.

Background on the benefits of the FTT, and busting the myths, is also available in English, Spanish and French.

More information on Global Week of Action for a Robin Hood Tax:  http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/pages/1177/