The effects of the current climate of protest are making themselves felt across Europe.
In Italy, thousands have taken to the streets of Rome, to draw attention to the pay and conditions of metalworkers, particularly those in the car industry.
Police were sent onto the streets due to fears the protests would be infiltrated by troublemakers, but they passed off peacefully.
Italy’s unions have also planned nationwide demonstrations for this month to press for tax reforms.
But observers say the country’s relatively smooth passage through the global economic crisis has contained labour unrest.