Journal Entry: Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:28 PM
The General strike in Europe.
A general strike called by the Workers’ Commission (CCOO) The general workers unions (U.G.T.) and the National Confederation of Labor (C.N.T.) is set for November 14, and coordinating with labor organizations in Greece, Portugal and other European countries. The Strike is to protest the Spanish Government’s continued austerity measures, cutting wages, pensions, jobs and services rather than penalizing bankers and corporate executives for fraud.The Current Spanish government has announced another series of pay cuts, tax rises and service cuts to counter the deficit.
Spain already staged a general strike earlier this year, on March 29, called by the C.N.T. and Greece has had nearly 20 this year, but many are hoping the cooperation across countries will finally force a hand. The U.G.T. is hoping the strike will be enough to force a new election.
A lot of Radicals groups such as the C.N.T. are hoping to use this as a jumping off point for more effective actions and protests, since the strike doesn't exactly effect the states profits. Since I'm not from any of these countries, nor have I ever been to them, and the closes thing to a connection to the International Worker's Association (not to be confused with the communist internationals) is a friend of mine whose and I.W.W. organizer and recently visited spain, I don't have as much information as I'd like. If anyone has any ideas as to how the CPDA can help, especially if you are from one of the involved countries or organizations, please speak up.