The anti-austerity march of November 24 2012 will give people the chance to tell the Government that it’s time to change the economic direction. By Michael O’Reilly. There were around 15,000 people.
Austerity is costing jobs.
When the Government published their Medium Term Fiscal Statement last week, they all but admitted that their employment policy will fail. When they took office the unemployment rate was 14.2%. Now they accept that the unemployment rate by 2015 will be 13%. In other words, the Government admits that the unemployment rate will hardly change while they are in office. This is a devastating admission.
Since the crisis began, Ireland has suffered one of the worst collapses in employment of any EU-15 country. We are up there with Spain and Greece. While the numbers at work in Ireland have fallen by over 15%, the Eurozone average is less than 2%.
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On the 16th of July 2012 over four thousand Queenslanders swarmed down George Street to rally outside Parliament House and protest the government’s job cuts. They had a clear message, “public services are worth fighting for.
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Anger and violence have spilled over onto the streets of Athens – with police using tear gas and water cannon against Greeks protesting draconian new budget cuts. Demonstrators hurled petrol bombs – with more than a hundred detained – as the country’s Parliament passed an austerity package aimed at securing the latest bailout.
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Greece: policemen and firefighters marched against austerity cuts, with slogans such as “Shame, you’re delivering the final blow to the security forces”.
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Greek Police are protesting austerity cuts. Greek policemen protesting austerity cuts blocked the entrance to the country’s riot police headquarters preventing buses carrying riot police from leaving for the site of major demonstrations.
“Police officers are protesting in Greece today Blocking a police station and blocking? riot police from going to demonstrations this weekend. Police you are the 99% Austerity is a global problem they want us to pay for their fraud, the financial banking terrorists and corporate interests are using you against us. Stand with us, we stand with you!”
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In Portugal, tens of thousands of civil servants have taken to the streets to protest against proposed tax hikes and pay cuts. The unpopular austerity measures are designed to help Portugal meet the requirements of a bailout package.
Tens of thousands of Portuguese civil servants marched in Lisbon on Saturday, joined by off-duty police and retired soldiers.
They are protesting against pay cuts imposed by the government’s 2012 budget bill, which is designed to meet the tough requirements of the EU/IMF bailout.
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