Strikes Across Europe as Angry Workers Respond to Harsh Austerity Cuts

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
By Paul Martin

Workers in France, Germany and Britain have joined others across Europe in a series of strikes amid bitter discord as the economies of Europe struggle to show strong growth years after the global financial crisis.

Railway workers in France Tuesday (April 26) staged the latest in a string of walkouts in a dispute over pay and working conditions. Employees of French state-owned rail company SNCF staged its latest walkout on Monday night and will not return until Wednesday, leading to half of its high-speed TGV services and a third of its Intercity trains running.

The walkout is being backed by all four unions: the UNSA, CGT, SUD and CFDT and is the result of a long-running dispute between SNCF and the unions over workers’ pay and working conditions. There have been a series of national strikes in France, opposing French President Francois Hollande’s proposed reforms to labor laws.

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