Friday, 30 September 2011

Unions join Occupy Wall Street

A growing number of unions are expected to join the Occupy Wall Street protests by attending a rally next Wednesday. A spokesperson of TWU Local 100 told the Village Voice: “While Wall Street and the banks and the corporations are the ones that caused the mess that’s flowed down into the states and cities, it seems there’s no shared sacrifice. It’s the workers having to sacrifice while the wealthy get away scot-free. It’s kind of a natural alliance with the young people and the students - they're voicing our message, why not join them?”
Occupy Wall Street describes itself as a “leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%”. De protestors have supported various union causes.
The occupation started more or less spontaneously on 17 September and has since been compared to the Arab Spring. Police have responded with violence, but this has not deterred protestors. Similar initiatives have been launched in other American cities. There is also an @occupyadam Twitter account active, but so far there have been no announcements of activities at Beursplein 5.

UPDATE Occupations in Amsterdam and The Hague have been announced.

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