European day of action on 14 November
| Tuesday 13 November 2012
Some 40 trade union organisations from 23 countries will be involved in the European day of action and solidarity on 14 November, in response to the appeal by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). But this mobilisation against austerity will be followed mainly in the countries facing the direst economic situations. Strikes are planned in Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy at least. The ETUC notes that this will be the first day of action in its history to feature simultaneous strikes in four countries. Other actions will also be held as part of this day of solidarity. Demonstrations are planned in France and in certain Eastern European countries (Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Romania) and solidarity actions are announced in many other countries, including in Brussels outside the EU institutions.
This European day, explains the ETUC, is meant to urge leaders to "demonstrate their determination to get to grips with the deterioration in employment and to respond to the growing social anxiety felt by Europe's citizens. Austerity is a total dead end and must be abandoned".
With growth in the eurozone expected to remain at a standstill in 2013, according to the Commission's projections, even the IMF has cautioned that austerity policies may become "politically and socially untenable".