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European trade union day of action: a growing wave

Issue No. 2222

Around 100,000 people marched in Belgium last week at the European TUC’s day of action against austerity (Pic: http://www.guysmallman.com/Guy Smallman )

Around 100,000 people marched in Belgium last week at the European TUC’s day of action against austerity (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Around 100,000 workers from across Europe marched through Brussels in Belgium on Wednesday of last week as part of the European TUC’s day of action against austerity.

Nick Grant was part of a delegation from the National Union of Teachers. He told Socialist Worker, “Workers from at least 20 different countries marched.

“Romanian policemen, who hadn’t been paid for months, were joined by teachers and gas workers.

“Solidarnosc and other Polish unions slotted in ahead of the giant CGT and CFDT federations from France.”

Strikes took place across Europe last Wednesday.

In Portugal, unions said 50,000 protested in Lisbon and 20,000 in Porto, as the government announced a new austerity package—including cuts in public sector wages and a hike in VAT to 23 percent.

In Greece telecom workers struck for 24 hours and rail workers struck for five hours.

In the capital, Athens, bus and underground workers joined the strike. Hospital doctors also struck.

An indefinite strike by truck drivers is continuing after two weeks, leading to supermarket shortages.

In Poland, thousands marched in Warsaw against plans by the government to freeze wages and raise taxes.

An indefinite public sector strike continued in Slovenia in opposition to government plans for a two-year pay freeze.


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Tue 5 Oct 2010, 17:44 BST
Issue No. 2222
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