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Portugal Portugal paralyzed by a general strike on March 22, 2012, as workers demonstrated against austerity measures & labor

reforms. More than 60% of private sector workers took action at Bosch, Portugal Energy, Delphi Automotive, Parmalat, Citroen, Saint-Gobain, Tenneco, RTS Group & several large construction companies. Portugal, currently Western Europe's poorest country, was paralyzed by a general strike on March 22, 2012, the second general strike in four months, as workers demonstrated against austerity measures & labor reforms, which include slashing of overtime rates, holiday entitlement, layoff and unemployment benefits. These come after earlier austerity measures that cut wages and pensions; introduced fees for health care services; and increased fares in public transportation and college tuition. The strike brought to a halt public services & transportation. Metros in Portugal's largest cities and major ports were closed. More than 60% of private sector workers took action at Bosch, Portugal Energy, Delphi Automotive, Parmalat, Citroen, SaintGobain, Tenneco, RTS Group & several large construction companies. Reports suggest more workers took part than the 25% participation in the general strike of November 2011, despite the fact that Portugal's 2nd-largest union, General Workers Union (UGT), refused to take part, unlike in the previous strike. Mithcell, Paul. Portugal paralysed by general strike as second bailout looms. 23 March 2012. http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/mar2012/port-m23.shtml. 26 March 2012. Spain Spain's 2 main unions, the General Workers Union & Workers Commissions, have called for a general strike in March 29 to protest the government's austerity push & labor reforms, deemed by the unions' leaders as "the most regressive in the history of the democracy". Spaniards have been hitting the street by the thousands to protest the Spanish government's austerity reforms. The latest unemployment figures presented by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union show unemployment in Spain to be the highest in the European Union @ 23.3%, with the unemployment rate for those under 25 in Spain @ at 49.9%. A website, named Huelga General Sin Miedo (General Strike without fear), has been created for workers in Spain to denounce any threat and any impediment posed by its Employer to be part of the General Strike. As of march 27,2012 there has already been 1,500 denounces. Common Dreams Staff. Fighting Austerity: Spanish Unions Call for General Strike. March 9, 2012. https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/03/09-4. March 23, 2012. Italy Italy's largest trade union called for a general strike over labor reforms on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. It has proposed an 8-hours strike, which would mark the biggest demonstration against technocrat premier Monti, a former European Commissioner, who has already imposed painful cuts & tax hikes and an overhaul of the pension system since taking office. Monti announced on March 20, 2012 that time for talking was over & he would continue with plans to overhaul employment protection laws dating back to the 1970s. https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/03/09-4

Canada Thousands of students took the streets of Montreal, Canada in opposition to the 75% tuition increase pushed by the government of Quebec, in a time in which more than 300,000 students, were already in strike. The protest, which has become one of the largest in the history of the student movement in Canada, was estimated to be over 2 to 4 kilometers long. Quebec has been shaking since February of 2012, as class boycotts, street protests, and blocking of bridges has been occurring since then. The Quebecoise Prime Minister Jean Charest has proposed increasing tuition by $325 yearly, and over $1,600 in five years. According to Organization of Cooperation and Economic Development, while tuition costs in the province of Quebec are much lower than in the United States and other Canadian provinces, are much more than in multiple European countries. http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1458743-masiva-protesta-estudiantil-en-canada-por-el-aumento-de-la-matricula