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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: L’austérité, ça suffit, ici et ailleurs !

by Thomas Lemahieu

Enough Austerity, Here and Elsewhere!

Translated Wednesday 24 October 2012, by Gene Zbikowski

The inter-trade union coordinating committee’s call for a Nov. 14 demonstration against “shock treatment”.

This is the first time this has happened since François Hollande became president. On the afternoon of Oct. 26, following a meeting of the national inter-trade union coordinating committee, the CGT, the CFDT, the FSU, Solidaires and the UNSA issued a joint appeal for a national mobilization on November 14, in the framework of the day of action for employment and solidarity across the continent called by the European Trade Union Confederation.

In a joint statement, the national inter-trade union coordinating committee condemned the “austerity measures which are plunging Europe into economic stagnation and even into recession.” For the trade unions, “the shock treatment inflicted on workers, notably in Greece, Spain and Portugal, illustrates the dead end of policies that lead to the destruction of social rights. /…/ This situation is unbearable and threatens the very construction of Europe.”

Whereas a call for a general strike has already been issued in Portugal, and actions have also been planned in Greece and Spain, the national inter-trade union coordinating committee is calling “for demonstrations everywhere in France in such a way as to permit the participation of as many people as possible.” It spurs “public and private-sector workers, retirees and the jobless” to “demonstrate their desire to see concrete responses brought to bear on the hardship experienced by all the workers in France and in Europe, and in solidarity with Greek, Portuguese and Spanish workers.”

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