Europe’s workers are getting ever more riled about the slumping economies and job losses around the continent. There were big rallies in Madrid and Bucharest on thursday. Today it is Brussels’ turn, and on Saturday it will be Berlin.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators turned up in Madrid, and from all over Europe in a gesture of pan-European trade unionism, and solidarity with Spanish workers, whose construction-dependent economy has been particularly badly-hit by the recession. There were similar scenes in the Rumanian capital where private and public sector workers joined to call for an action plan against the recession, and job protection. The demonstrations are further evidence Europe’s workers are not feeling the positive effects of government stimulus plans just yet, and want more action. They also appear to be losing patience with their politician’s promises they are doing all they can.