Gordon Brown is not acting alone in holding down public sector wages. European finance ministers met in Slovenia last weekend and called for wage increases to be held below inflation.
They were particularly critical of recent pay increases for German workers. European Central Bank president, Jean-Claude Trichet, announced that it would be 'an enormous mistake' for other countries to follow Germany in allowing trade unions to negotiate large pay rises.
Thirty million workers suffer poverty pay across the European Union, with rising inflation eating into their wage. Low pay is a growing issue in western Europe but it also blights eastern Europe, where workers are seeing little reward for the economic boom in Poland, Slovenia and elsewhere.
When British workers strike on 24 April they will be fighting in solidarity with their sisters and brothers across Europe.