We've made an infographic showing why unions across Europe are taking action today. Please help share it and get the message out that austerity is impacting unfairly on ordinary working people and the most vulnerable. http://www.tuc.org.uk/international/tuc-21663-f0.cfm
A member of the general trade union GMB stands outside The Houses of Parliament in London on November 30, 2011 with a protest placard as public sector staff strike over pensions. Up to two million public sector workers in Britain went on strike over changes to their pensions, after the government responded to slashed growth forecasts with fresh spending cuts.
September 21, 1991: 550 workers at the Frontier Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas go on strike over wages and benefits. The longest hotel strike in U.S. history lasted 6 years, 4 months, and 10 days and when it was over, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals awarded the workers $3.5 million in back pay and pension credits.
May 1, 1886: At its 1884 convention, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (which became the American Federation of Labor), proclaims that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886.” The resolution received overwhelming support from FOTLU’s affiliated unions, which organized mass demonstrations and strikes in cities across the country.