Germany - Thousands march as unions protest government - November 14, 2010

Initiated by the DGB union confederation and its affiliates, on 13 November tens of thousands of protestors took to the streets of several German cities, marching against what they see as unfair social policies espoused by the coalition government of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Spokespersons of the DGB said nearly 100,000 people marched in Stuttgart, Dortmund, Nuremberg and Erfurt to voice their disapproval with the Merkel government. The demonstrations coincided with the start of the CDU, Merkel’s party, annual congress. “We don't want a republic in which powerful interest groups decide the guidelines of politics with their money, their power and their influence,” Berthold Huber, chairman of IG Metall, told demonstrators in Stuttgart.

English: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6AC21M20101113

 

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2010.


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