Tension in Europe, what’s going on

In the coming days, European countries will face a series of strikes and protests against rising energy prices and rising cost of living. Here is where and what they will protest:

Great Britain

More than 70,000 university employees from 150 UK universities go on strike for three days in November over pay, working conditions and pensions, the University and Colleges Union announced.

Workers at British packaging company DS Smith, whose customers include online shopping giant Amazon, voted overwhelmingly for the strike following a dispute with management over pay, union GMB said.

Nurses in Britain also go on strike on November 5, their union announced. Its members have faced real wage cuts over the past decade, unions say.

A three-day strike of tens of thousands of British rail workers scheduled for this week was called off amid “intense negotiations” in a lengthy wage and working conditions dispute, the union RMT said. The smaller TSSA union said it also canceled strikes scheduled on November 5, 7, 8 and 9 to hold talks with the heads of railway companies and other service operators. A separate strike by London Underground staff is scheduled for 10 November.

Hundreds of workers at London’s Heathrow Airport will leave their jobs ahead of this month’s World Cup due to demands for better pay. The 700 ground handling, transport and cargo operators – employed by the Emirates Group’s airport services branch and by Menzies – will go on strike for three days starting November 18.

UK’s largest local bank Lloyds has offered its UK staff a minimum wage increase of £ 2,000, a source familiar with the talks said.

The British Workers’ Union announced on 2 November that it has secured a 10% wage increase for more than 900 East London bus drivers employed by the operator Stagecoach Group.

British Post has announced that members of the industry’s largest union, the Communications Workers Union (CWU), will hold two 48-hour strikes between late November and early December, in the run-up to Christmas.

The British Workers’ Union said on November 1 that it had secured a 12.5% ​​pay rise deal for 1,000 beer delivery truckers from logistics company GXO, canceling the strikes that had been planned prior to the Cup finals. of the football world.

France

The strike continues at the TotalEnergies oil refinery in northern France, a representative of the energy union CGT announced on 4 November.

Fuel supplies to French service stations are returning to normal, Energy Minister Agnes Panier-Runacher said, with less than 10% of sites still having problems.

Germany

Unions in Europe’s largest economy are demanding higher wages due to rising inflation.

German union IG Metal Kueste said it had asked several thousand workers to go on strike on Tuesday at 15 sites, including Airbus in Hamburg.

Lufthansa and the UFO union have reached an agreement to raise the salaries of 19,000 cabin crew members, the leading German airline said Tuesday.

German carmaker Audi offers its employees tax-free lump sum payments instead of permanent wage increases, its human resources director said.

Spain

Thousands of Spaniards flocked to Madrid’s Plaza Mayor on November 3 to demand higher wages, in the country’s first mass protest since the crisis began.

Workers at Azul Handling, the ground handling company serving Ryanair at 22 Spanish airports, have canceled plans to hold several 24-hour strikes between October 28 and January 8 to demand better working conditions, the USO union.

Austria

Austrian metallurgists secured an annual wage increase of over 7% on average on 4 November, above the inflation rate of 6.3% during the trading period. The talks are seen as indicative of other sectors in Austria, which has a strong tradition of collective bargaining and agreed annual wage increases that generally prevent the threat of strikes.

Source: Nova

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