Europe Faces a Multi-National General Strike Against Austerity
Austerity has spawned general strikes in individual countries across the troubled European Union. But this week may see something to add to the union’s tensions: a coordinated, multi-national mega-strike. Organized labor plans a general strike against the E.U.’s austerity policies, borderless and spanning the south of the continent. With more than 25 million people out of work, Europe’s biggest unions have vowed to lead marches and demonstrations on Nov. 14 that unite opposition parties, activist movements like Spain’s M15 and a growing sea of unemployed to challenge their national governments, banking leaders, the IMF and EU policymakers to abandon austerity cuts ahead of a high-stakes budgetmeeting in Brussels later this month.
What makes Wednesday’s strike even more threatening to Europe’s managerial elite is the strong support it is receiving from traditional labor groups that rarely send their members into the streets—foremost, among them, the European Trade Union Confederation, representing 85 labor organizations from 36 countries, and totaling some 60 million members. “We have never seen an international strike with unions across borders fighting for the same thing—it’s not just Spain, not just Portugal, it’s many countries demanding that we change our structure,” says Alberto Garzón, a Spanish congressman with the United Left party which holds 7% of seats in the Spanish Congress. “It’s important to understand this is a new form of protest.”
First tv news here and 95% full stop being reported.
A wave of anti-austerity anger is set to sweep across Europe with general strikes planned in Spain and Portugal and walkouts in Greece and Italy – grounding flights, closing schools and shutting down transport.
Tens of thousands of workers are expected to take part in the dozens of co-ordinated protests in a so-called European Day of Action and Solidarity against spending cuts and tax hikes.
In Spain – the fourth-biggest eurozone economy – activists and unions will be staging an evening rally outside the parliament in the Madrid.
Protests got underway early in Madrid and Barcelona, with protesters attempting to blockade buses and cause disruption at food markets.
It’s being reported on MSM here in UK. Clashes in Sicily and Portugal to start the morning off. Think it will get worse as day goes on and nothing else for MSM to report at the moment.
European workers stage austerity protests
Workers across the European Union are staging a series of protests and strikes against rising unemployment and austerity measures.
General strikes in Spain and Portugal halted transport, businesses and schools and led to clashes between police and protesters in Madrid.
Smaller strikes were reported in Greece, Italy and Belgium, and rallies were planned in other countries.
Hundreds of flights have been cancelled in Spain and Portugal.
Airlines are recommending passengers check the schedules before setting out to airports.
Portugal is on strike. transportation is down, hospitals are due to be clogged, public sector also on strike, everything shut down
“European Day of Action and Solidarity”.
Solidarity with sisters and brothers across Europe!
Google map showing national actions taking place on the European Day of Action and Solidarity, 14 November.
The live stream right now in Madrid is fascinating
Protesters trying to close a souvenier fan shop…correction, just closed a souvenier fan shop by chanting “esquerol” which is squirrel, which is a person who decides to work instead of joining the strike.
Now, trying to close another store and confronting police.
That Is An Ugly Industrial Production Number From Europe
In September 2012 compared with August 2012, seasonally adjusted industrial production fell by 2.5% in the euro area (EA17) and by 2.3% in the EU27, according to estimates released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In August production increased by 0.9% and 0.5% respectively. In September 2012 compared with September 2011, industrial production dropped by 2.3% in the euro area and by 2.7% in the EU27.