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Issue 2398

Trade unionists join jobs march

Up to 50,000 people from 21 countries marched outside the European Commission in Brussels on Friday of last week.

The European Trade Union Confederation called the protest.

Marchers called for money wasted on bailing out bankers to be spent on jobs. 

Unfortunately some also called for an end to “social dumping”—a term referring to employing migrant workers on low pay that implies they are a problem.    

Riot police attacked the demonstration with water cannon and pepper spray.

Fascists gain in Hungary election

The fascist Jobbik party won 21 percent of the vote in last Sunday’s general election in Hungary.

The centre right Fidesz party was re-elected with 45 percent.

The centre left coalition only just beat Jobbick into third place with 25 percent of the vote.

This coalition plans to break up—which would make Jobbik the second biggest party in the parliament.

Shots fired in Olympic strike

Construction workers building the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are on strike over union representation, benefits and conditions.

The walkout, involving over 2,000 workers, began on Thursday of last week.

There were reports of shots being fired as security guards confronted strikers on Monday of this week.

One union official said that bosses didn’t realise how big a job the project was.

He added that workers weren’t being given enough time to complete it.

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