Communist Party of Australia


The Guardian

Current Issue

PDF Archive

Web Archive

Pete's Corner


Press Fund


About Us

Why you should ...

CPA introduction

Contact Us

facebook, twitter

Major Issues





Climate Change



What's On






Books, T-shirts, CDs/DVDs, Badges, Misc


Issue #1473      22 September 2010

European unions set to march for “Robin Hood taxes”

Next in the “rising tide of world labour protest” file comes the September 29 labour actions in Europe. Unions and supporters all over Europe are calling for action against planned austerity measures by their governments – everything from wage and pension cuts to mass layoffs in social services. Labour organisers throughout Europe will be joined in rallies and demonstrations by retirees and students.

A massive labour-led march in Brussels, the capital of the European Union, will be a centre-piece of the action. Organisers are expecting upwards of 100,000 demonstrators from around the continent. Participating union federations in Spain, Portugal, Britain, Ireland, Lithuania, France, Greece, Germany, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Italy, Serbia, Latvia, and Poland have protests planned for the day. The actions range from a general strike in Spain, to several industry-wide strikes in Portugal and several other countries to rallies and demonstrations.

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) General Secretary Sharan Burrow [former ACTU president] is calling on the demonstrators to demand “Robin Hood taxes” to pay for the economic crisis and put people back to work. These include stock transaction taxes and others aimed at raising taxes on big business and the super rich. The ITUC is one of the chief organisers of the September 29 actions.

The September 29 actions come on the heels of some pretty big anti-austerity actions in the past few weeks, including major strike actions in Britain and France. In addition, on September 7, World Federation of Trade Union (WTU) affiliates around the world held similar actions in 20 countries, including in Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East.

These global actions come as labour, civil rights, immigrant rights, peace and others are mobilising in the United States for the October 2, One Nation march on Washington for jobs. October 2, besides being a critical action for jobs and economic justice, will also be one of the largest 2010 election rallies.

As buses, trains and cars arrive in DC, hundreds of thousands more will be joining labour walks, phone banks and local rallies around the country. The October 2 mobilisations for jobs will also energise and organise hundreds of thousands to get out and vote on November 2.

All of these actions call for more communication, exchange and contact between labour and progressives globally. Workers of the world are fuelling a rising tide of anger and fight back!  

Next article – No more house demolitions! – Stop the offensive against the Arab population!

Back to index page

Go to What's On Go to Shop at CPA Go to Australian Marxist Review Go to Join the CPA Go to Subscribe to the Guardian Go to the CPA Maritime Branch website Go to the Resources section of our web site Go to the PDF of the Hot Earth booklet go to the World Federation of Trade Unions web site go to the Solidnet  web site Go to Find out more about the CPA