5,500 EU civil servants join strike action
More than half of European civil servants working in Kirchberg went on strike on Thursday meanwhile another strike is planned for November 16.
The industrial action was part of an effort across European institutions in both Brussels and Luxembourg after member states proposed budget reductions of up to 200 billion euros.
Among the cuts being tabled at the next Council meeting on November 22, are a bid to reduce administration costs by about 63 billion euros, raising fears over paycuts.
"It is not only the institutions that will be affected but several European policies: outdoor agricultural development assistance, research, and social programs for youth employment. The situation is very serious," said USL General Secretary Miguel Vicente Nunez.
The budget changes focus on the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020 in which a number of member states want to see up to 200 billion euros saved.
A second strike has been scheduled for November 16.