Europe-wide protest planned for February 29th

Unions have announced a three-hour work stoppage and protest rally on February 29th, as part of a “European day of action” across the continent.

The GSEE and ADEDY unions (umbrella and civil service labour groups) said the stoppage would be held between noon and 3pm, with a rally also planned for 6pm to Syntagma Square. The Brussels-based European Trade Union Confederation said 27 countries will be participating in the latest protest ahead of a EU leaders’ summit on March 1st.

ETUC leader Bernadette Segol said the protests were in response to a growing wave of economic austerity being adopted by Europe’s governments:

“In mobilising on the same day everywhere in Europe for the first time, the European trade unions are reacting at the same level of their anger and exasperation in the face of injustice,” Segol said.

“We want to say it loud and clear, on the eve of an important European summit, that there are alternatives to this Europe without solidarity, without plans, without hope and without prospects.”

From an article posted today in Athens News.

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