Workers across the European Union have launched an unprecedented
string of strikes in a co-ordinated battle against austerity cuts on
The strikes are intended to paralyse factories and public sector
offices, and have grounded more than 700 flights. Organisers are urging
national leaders to abandon fiscal austerity measures and address
growing social anxiety.
Walkouts are expected in Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy, with
other protests planned in Belgium, Germany, France and the United
It is the first time unions have engaged in simultaneous strikes
across the continent, said the European Trade Union Confederation, which
organised the "Day of Action and Solidarity".