This 2008 video says about itself:
European unions protest plans to privatise European rail network
1. Wide pan protest to banner reading: (English) “No to EU rail privatisation”
2. Wide of banner reading (English): “National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers.”
3. Setup shot of Steve Todd, RMT UK, from Liverpool
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Steve Todd, RMT UK, from Liverpool:
“We’re demonstrating against the break-up of rail networks across Europe and the privatisation of network rails across Europe. It’s the privateers who come and make big profit and destroy the rail network in the process.”
5. Wide of protesters
6. Various of protesters
7. SOUNDBITE: (Portuguese) Manuel Cruz, Portuguese rail worker:
“We are here trying and defend our European workers from European Union directives, which have tried to take rights away from us and have mounted a great attack against workers in the rail sector.”
8. Wide of protest
9. SOUNDBITE: (French) Bernard Thibault, CGT French Union leader:
“If all the EU railway unions in Paris are asking for the same thing then it’s a situation requiring urgent action from the President of the European Union, who only a few weeks ago was saying that some market activities didn’t make any sense and that a new era was coming. So it’s time to learn the lesson in our decision making, notably in the deregulation of railway transportation.”
10. Close of CGT badge
11. Mid of protesters and Thibault
12. Various of protest
13. Various of flares being set off
14. Various of protest
Thousands of rail workers protested in Paris on Thursday against EU plans to privatise national railways.
Train drivers from around Europe were protesting against EU proposals that will lead to the privatisation of international railway services in 2010, followed by domestic rail services.
The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), an umbrella group for transport trade unions throughout Europe, said that while the objective was to gather thousands of rail workers form across 13 EU countries for the demonstration there would be no disruption to any services.
French unions claim the state-owned train systems are being made more profitable to the detriment of employees and network security.
Steve Todd from the British railway union, the RMT said his union had witnessed privatisation of the rail network in the UK, and wanted to show his support for his colleagues in Europe facing privatisation.
Portuguese rail unions also gathered in the French capital.
Bernard Thibault from the French rail union, the CGT called on the current President of the European Union, French President Nicolas Sarkozy to take action.
By Luke James in Britain:
Corbyn demands reform of EU pro-privatisation laws
Thursday 8th September 2016
JEREMY CORBYN will not back continued membership of the single market if it means Britain remains bound by pro-privatisation laws, his spokesman said yesterday.
The Labour leader wants to maintain tariff free trade in goods and services with the EU after Brexit but would not back membership without reform of state aid rules against public ownership, according to the party source.
“[Jeremy] has made clear that there are important aspects of the existing directives of the European Union that are damaging to working people and damaging to public services,” he told journalists in Parliament.
“If Britain had voted to Remain he would be pressing the case for reform of these things.
“So obviously we’re not in favour of negotiating a package which includes those requirements on Britain.” …
Mr Corbyn had earlier criticised Prime Minister Theresa May for peddling “free market dogma” as she set out plans in the Commons for post-Brexit trade deals.
He said: “We need a UK trade agenda that protects people and the environment.
“I urge the Prime Minister to stand with me against the use of Britain’s aid and trade policies to further the agenda of deregulation and privatisation in developing countries.”
His comments came after Brexit minister David Davis claimed the trade deal between the EU and Ceta, which would allow corporations to sue governments for loss of profits, was a “perfect starting point.”
Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards tried but failed to gain assurances from Ms May that public services will be protected in any trade deal.
He said: “Striking trade deals with the rest of the world will be crucially important to ensure our goods and services can continue to be exported to the rest of the world.
“It is not, however, an excuse for Thatcherite, ultra-right-wing Tories to sell off our public services.”