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Italy’s healthcare crisis

Forty five thousand less beds and overall hospital capacity reduced by 15%, twelve hour waits in A&E and serious staff shortages: these are the headline results of official figures covering the past decade that have been analysed by Il Fatto Quotidiano newspaper. The picture in big cities is the most serious with health services ‘close … Continue reading

France: from economic to social crisis

The number of jobless people in France hit a 12-year high in November in the latest sign that austerity measures taken by President Sarkozy and by major trading partners are beginning to really hurt in the Eurozone’s second largest economy. Labour ministry data showed that the number of registered jobseekers in mainland France rose by … Continue reading

Protests over education cuts will continue promise unions

SPAIN – Tens of thousands marched in Madrid Saturday 18 December against cuts by the right-wing regional government to state education, capping four months of protests and nine days of strikes this year. The education unions CCOO, UGT y STEM that organised the demonstrations promised more actions in the New Year. The Madrid regional government, … Continue reading

Spain’s bosses and a deceitful offensive against the public sector

Spain can ill afford the public sector and it should be downsized with workers’ rights watered down, say Spanish employers. But their arguments don’t add up. Encouraged by the imminent arrival Spain’s new right wing government, employers have gone on the offensive. Juan Rosell, chief of the employers association, CEOE, said this week that there are too … Continue reading

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