Low pay/minimum wages, Public Services, Embassy and household staff, Economic Policy
(June 2017) Embassy, tourist office and other international staff around the world are taking strike action to secure pay rises and end a long-term pay freeze that has seen wages in some countries fall to below national minima. Unions are looking for a 20% pay increase, arguing that in some countries inflation has meant a 40% loss of purchasing power for some workers. Action has taken place or is planned in several countries including Canada, Sweden, the United States and Argentina.
More than 17,000 Belgian health and care workers took to the streets of Brussels today in protest against austerity-related problems and creeping privatisation, in the non-profit and public health and care sectors.