This video is about a solidarity demonstration with the struggle of Greek workers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 18.12.2012
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Workers across EU rally against cuts
Wednesday 29 February 2012
by Our Foreign Desk
Massed in front of EU headquarters in Brussels, organised workers demanded a financial transaction tax, a clampdown on tax evasion and a pooling of debt through the use of eurobonds instead of cuts to public spending, welfare provision and workers’ rights.
Representatives of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) met EU President Herman Van Rompuy to push the workers’ demands.
“Enough is enough. Austerity measures do not work,” said ETUC leader Bernadette Segol at the demonstration.
“We have alternatives and Europe must work for employment and social justice. And we haven’t had that until now.”
After meeting leaders of the trade unions and employers federations in Brussels, EU Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso acknowledged that “sacrifices are being made on an unfair basis.”
Mr Barroso said he intends to take steps during the two-day summit to fight tax evasion and boost a financial transaction tax.
“We want to keep our social model, but there is a need to reform,” he said.
In addition to the rally outside EU headquarters, well over 1,000 Belgian union activists protested outside the national bank.
In Greece, unions held a three-hour work stoppage from noon and rallied in central Athens against a 22 per cent minimum wage cut as well as slashed benefits and pensions.
The minimum wage for workers under the age of 25 has been cut by 32 per cent.
The cuts were passed by MPs in a bid to secure a second package of loans from the EU, the European Central Bank and the IMF.
Doctors at public hospitals and some private practices also kicked off a 24-hour strike over health care spending cuts, while striking local government workers occupied town halls across Greece for four hours.
In Spain, thousands of high school and college students demonstrated in cities against cutbacks in education in a country with nearly 29 per cent unemployment.
Civil servants in Castilla La Mancha walked out to protest against wage cuts of up to 8 percent.
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