29 SEP 2010
By Andrew Willis
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Angry over the recent wave of government spending cuts and tax increases, European workers from across the union are preparing to hit the streets as part of a co-ordinated day of demonstration.
Madrid and Brussels will be focal points on Wednesday (29 September), with similar protests expected in a dozen other capital cities stretching from Dublin to Belgrade.
"Cutting in a recession, cutting when unemployment is already high, cutting when economic growth is low – this is wrong," the general secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), John Monks, said during the buildup.
Organisers say over 100,000 protesters from as many as 30 countries will march through the streets of Brussels, on a route that will take them from Gare du Midi to Parc du Cinquantenaire, via Rond Point Schuman - home of the EU institutions.
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