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(en) Europe: Strike against rail privatisations

From Mikael Altemark <altemark@home.se>
Date Mon, 24 Feb 2003 01:28:37 +0100 (CET)


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(From Arbetaren no 7/03, published by SAC - the syndicalists)

Unions in Southern Europe consider it highly likely that worsened safety 
and job security when profit motives will direct the rail networks. 
Examples from Sweden and UK deter them.

An international campaign against privatisations is planned by French 
SUD-Rail, Spanish CGT, Italian unions ORSA, UCS and FLTU-CUB as well as 
British RMT. At a meeting in Madrid last Thursday SAC too was represented.

The campaign will be started with a united strike 14th march. The strike 
will be an excellent example of a concrete and combined action for 
European unions. During the next days SAC members in the rail sector 
will decide if they will join in.

- It would be very important if also SAC take part. For each country 
represented in the campaign the power of it increases, says Jose Maria 
Lora Ruiz, secretary-general of the CGT rail federation.

- I really want that SAC:s railworker also strike, we cannot 
let the example Sweden become some kind of alibi for privatisation 
in the rest of Europe, says Joakim Caesar, subway train driver from 
Stockholm and one of the delegates at the meeting. Admittedly, we 
are small in Sweden, but together with our European comrades we 
will be strong.

by Jone Källsäter
transl. Mikael Altemark

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