Thousands of trade unionists have taken to the streets in Ukraine to protest against cuts in wages and benefits and to demand action to ease the country’s economic crisis. The demonstrators marched through Kiev calling for social justice, and called for an end to food price rises.
Ukraine has been hard hit by the global financial crisis, and its currency has plummeted in value. The protestors came from across the country. They warned that if their demands were not met by February, they would strike to force the government to do its job or resign. Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said several times that she will not cut benefits. However, with industrial production in severe decline and unemployment expected to double in the coming months, she faces a daunting winter of discontent.