Europe: Growing from Strength to Strength

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French trade unionists sent a 'social alert' to the right wing government of Jean-Pierre Raffarin recently.

Public sector workers, led by striking air traffic controllers, staged a mass demonstration in defence of pensions and wages and against privatisation. The action was mirrored in Italy, where Fiat workers struck to defeat planned job losses, while public sector unions announced strikes for 6 and 13 December over wages and spending cuts.