News and Document archive source
copyrighted material disclaimer at bottom of page

NewsMinecabal-eliteeuropean-unionamericanizing — Viewing Item

Woekrs in britain stage mass strike { March 29 2006 }

Original Source Link: (May no longer be active)

Workers in Britain Stage Mass Strike
Public Sector Disputes Pension Rollback

By Mary Jordan
Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, March 29, 2006; A16

LONDON, March 28 -- Schools closed, libraries shut, trash was left uncollected and other services came to halt in many parts of Britain on Tuesday as public sector workers went on strike over a pensions dispute.

Unison, one of the country's largest unions, said more than a million people refused to go to work in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and called it the biggest strike in decades. The Local Government Association called that assertion exaggerated.

"If we do not get negotiations, there will be more strikes," said Dave Prentis, Unison's general secretary. He said government plans to roll back pension benefits treated some employees like "second-class citizens. . . . They are not selfish people, they are not using any excuse to call 'strike' and have a day off -- they are asking simply for what they have paid for and what they deserve."

At issue is a system in which many government workers can retire with full benefits at age 60 if they have completed 25 years of service. This fall, the government says, rising costs will force it to scrap the "rule of 85" -- for teaching assistants, police community support officers, school-meal workers, garbage collectors and other local government employees, forcing them to work longer before they retire.

Tuesday's strike occurred on the same day that hundreds of thousands of workers in France staged a one-day stoppage to protest a new labor law giving employers freedom to lay off young workers. Labor officials said the timing was coincidental.

The British government has generally been more successful than its counterparts on the continent at rolling back entitlements and benefits in the face of rising costs and global competition, but unions continue to be strong and change has not come easily.

London's city hall closed on Tuesday, the people who raise and lower the spans of Tower Bridge walked out, ferries were brought to a standstill, stranding commuters, and cemetery burials were disrupted. Hundreds of thousands of children were sent home early or did not go to school, as many school workers joined the walkout.

Some private business leaders have said the rule allowing retirement at 60 should have been scrapped for all government employees to bring it into the 21st century.

2006 The Washington Post Company

America dressed like swedish police with hoods take egyptians { July 25 2004 }
Amnesty criticises EU states for violating human rights
Bush slams europe agriculture policy { May 21 2003 }
Cleric says EU is US puppet { March 10 2006 }
Daimler cuts perks to save jobs { July 23 2004 }
EU ban lifted on genetically modified foods
Eu colluded on rendition flights { June 7 2006 }
Eu regulates noise pollution in crowded cities
Eu rethinks kyoto treaty
Eu rising superpower overtake america says beijing
EU says europeans are getting fatter { May 30 2007 }
EU seeks to widen fight against terrorism
Eu terror chief protects cia prisons { April 21 2006 }
Europe joins united states domination plans { February 23 2004 }
Europe looks inward tilts to right { November 20 2006 }
European commission authorities raid intel on antitrust
European constitution supported by business elite { May 31 2005 }
European nations purposely insult muslim profit { February 1 2006 }
Europeans eating like americans
France bans citizens reporting violence { February 2007 }
France tries to privatize power { June 17 2004 }
French bill would weaken transit union strikes { July 17 2007 }
French chirac kiss condoleezza rice { February 2006 } [jpg]
French increase hours in workweek { March 22 2005 }
French president loves bush america { November 7 2007 }
French protest loss of pensions wages { October 2007 }
French protest new labor law { February 2006 }
French working class hurt economy with 10perc unemployment
German labor unions losing power and influence { January 30 2007 }
German unions strengh dismantled { May 29 2007 }
Germans OK longer work hours to save jobs
Germany forces woman into prostitution or removes benefits
Greek socialists concede election defeat { March 7 2004 }
Half of europe fat { January 2006 }
Illegal drugs cheaper in europe than ever before
Legislation helps french work longer hours { July 12 2007 }
Massive protests over pension cuts { April 5 2004 }
Million christians sign EU religious plea
Million french protest against youth job law
Monsanto sees seeds of food revolution in europe { March 19 2004 }
New french law celebrates early colonianism
Paris bans protests ahead of bush visit { June 2 2004 }
Socialists ruled out for eurpoean president { March 4 2004 }
Socialists swept from power in greece { March 8 2004 }
Spain last to lose siesta as put on global work day { April 23 2006 }
Students protest labor law { February 2006 } [jpg]
Tuition fees hitting europe campuses { October 13 2003 }
Two hundred thousand french protest working conditions
US attacks eu liberals with oil for food scandal
Us style corporate governance plan for europe
Woekrs in britain stage mass strike { March 29 2006 }

Files Listed: 51


CIA FOIA Archive

National Security
Support one-state solution for Israel and Palestine Tea Party bumper stickers JFK for Dummies, The Assassination made simple