How militant unions are causing chaos across Europe: Violent protests that rocked France were just the latest action taken by workers on the continent


FRANCE: People gather to demonstrate against pension reform in Paris, France on January 19, 2023

  • Industrial action is causing mayhem across Europe as workers take to the streets
  • France’s nationwide strike has seen some of the most violent action so far 
  • Some healthcare workers in Spain have been on strike since November

Militant unions are causing chaos across Europe as workers are led out of the workplace and on to the street.

The UK is grappling with ongoing strike action, with a walk-out taking place almost every day last month, and more NHS, teacher and rail strikes scheduled for the coming weeks.

But the mayhem isn’t unique to Britain. From a nationwide strike in France over a controversial pension system reform – which has led to violent action – to trade union strikes in Italy and Spain, industrial action is gripping Europe’s economies.

Trade unions are leading workers out in droves to demand better pay and working conditions.

SPAIN: Doctors and other health sector workers, who have been on strike for almost two months, gather in front of the Ministry of Health for a demonstration demanding a raise in wages on January 15, 2023
SPAIN: Doctors and other health sector workers, who have been on strike for almost two months, gather in front of the Ministry of Health for a demonstration demanding a raise in wages on January 15, 2023
PORTUGAL: Thousands of teachers from across the country demonstrate after several days of a partial strike at Praca do Comercio in Lisbon on January 14, 2023
PORTUGAL: Thousands of teachers from across the country demonstrate after several days of a partial strike at Praca do Comercio in Lisbon on January 14, 2023
GREECE: Protesters flee from tear gas as they clash with riot police during a demonstration marking a 24-hour general strike in Athens, Greece, November 9, 2022
GREECE: Protesters flee from tear gas as they clash with riot police during a demonstration marking a 24-hour general strike in Athens, Greece, November 9, 2022
ITALY: Hundreds of workers from the former Ilva in Taranto protest outside the Ministry of Enterprise, to get answers on the Acciaierie d'Italia group, on January 19, 2023
ITALY: Hundreds of workers from the former Ilva in Taranto protest outside the Ministry of Enterprise, to get answers on the Acciaierie d’Italia group, on January 19, 2023

In France, nationwide strikes are taking place to protest Emmanuel Macron’s proposed pension reforms and to increase the official retirement age from 62 to 64.

More than a million people marched in France yesterday as part of the national workforce protest, disrupting public transport, school and much of the country’s civil service.

Some of the strikers clashed with police, with the worst trouble taking place in Paris around Bastille Square. Demonstrators hurled bottles, bins and smoke grenades at police who responded with tear gas and charged to disperse the troublemakers.

The far-Left CGT union said there had been closer to two million-plus people at protests across France, and 400,000 in Paris alone.

Militant unions have planned another day of strike action on January 31.

The current retirement age of 62 in France is among the lowest in the EU, and workers would need to spend a further two years contributing to receive a full pension under the new plans.

There is also strike mayhem in Spain, where some healthcare workers have been on strike since November.

Doctors, nurses and others in healthcare are protesting conditions and facilities, privatisation policies, and demanding higher pay.

Just like in the UK, the interruptions to the healthcare service mean that patients are having appointments cancelled as industrial action continues.

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