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Student voices of struggle across Europe

Issue No. 2226

Students from Greece and Austria came to the EAN conference, as well as Julien Sergere, a college teacher from France.

He told the conference, “The attack on the pension age is a coherent European policy that all workers will have to face.

“In France, we looked to Greece and their slogans of ‘we won’t pay for their crisis’.

“Sarkozy waited until 2010 to bring his attack. When he did we brought

two million people on the streets in June.

“Since then the movement has grown. On 12 October we had 3.5 million people out on the streets—this is the biggest ever in our history.

“The process is highly democratic, workers meet in their neighbourhoods and towns, as well as in their workplaces. It is the the rank and file, that are directing the strike.

“In the struggle we feel a real solidarity between different workers. But we have been attacked by riot police. I was attacked while marching with my students.

“We have a slogan—that there is money, it is in the bosses’ hands.”

The conference erupted into a standing ovation and chants of “Tous Ensemble”, which means all together in French and has been chanted on the mass demonstrations and strikes.

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