[Marxism] Germany: nearly half a million against social cutbacks, lower wages
l.willms at jpberlin.de
Sat Apr 3 08:27:45 MST 2004
Nearly half a million people marched today in Berlin, Köln
(Cologne) and Stuttgart against the policies of the government which
passed laws to lower old age pensions, raised costs for medical care,
and puts pressure on wages.
The federal states have terminated the contract with the public
service unions on working hours and conditions; the government of
Bavaria (CSU) has announced it wants to return to a 42-hour-workweek,
forcing new hires to accept this in their contract.
The demonstrations had been called by the trade union
confederation, DGB, by Attac and other groups and movements.
Nearly a quarter of a million came in Berlin to the Brandenburg
Gate, where the closing rally took place. Three times as much as
expected by the organizers, the media said. The DGB chairperson was
among the speakers in Berlin.
About 120'000 people assembled in the south-western city of
Resistance is starting.
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