November 14 'Megastrike': Millions of workers taking action across Europe

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November 14 'Megastrike': Millions of workers taking action across Europe

Wednesday is shaping up as a historic day in Europe, with a coordinated multi-national 'megastrike' against the austerity agenda. 

TIME reports

"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.'"


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derrick derrick's picture

Here's another piece published on rabble that provides some background on the scope of today's actions. 


 What makes Wednesday’s strike even more threatening to Europe’s managerial elite is the strong support it is receiving from traditional labor groups...

Can anyone recall the last time traditional labour groups seriously threatened anything?

derrick derrick's picture

Here's a call for similar labour action in Canada, by David Bush, one of our bloggers. Here's the main argument: 

"This is precisely the type of action and co-ordination that the Canadian left must engage in to defeat Harper’s austerity. We need a national day of action against austerity of our own. The response to the neoliberal austerity in Canada has been woefully inadequate to the task. Labour and other leftist organizations have been largely missing in action when it comes to organizing a national anti-austerity strategy."

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..lots of video

#14N: millions join largest European strike ever

Street battles break out and large parts of Europe are paralyzed as millions of workers walk off their jobs in the biggest coordinated EU strike ever.

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laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Nice to see you back, epaulo. What an amazing shot.


Hola epaulo!! Missed you. The uprising in Europe is a good occasion to see you again.


epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..buenos días and thank you laine, unionist. it's nice to be back!

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

 Esto fue ayer... pero la movilización continúa, no volveremos a quedarnos en casa. El miedo, definitivamente, ha cambiado de bando.

 14 de Novembro... Poucos minutos atrás, em frente ao Parlamento em Lisboa.  (via Que se Lixe a Troika! Queremos as nossas Vidas)
 Imagen de Génova, Italia.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Amazing turnout - reminiscent of the February 15, 2003 anti-Iraq war demonstrations:

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