Trade unionists support uprising in Bosnia

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The World Federation of Trade Unions has come out in support of Bosnian workers protesting against wage cuts, government corruption and police violence against protesters.

The WFTU which represents 86 million workers across the world, issued the statement after a spate of civil unrest and violence.

At least 44 people have been arrested during three days of rioting with yesterday’s protests passing off peacefully.

The leadership of the WFTU – the Secretariat said:

The World Federation of Trade Unions expresses its solidarity with the Bosnian people struggling against the policies of unemployment, privatization and poverty for their rights to work, dignified livelihood, social security rights, healthcare.

“The first demonstrations started from the dismissed workers of privatized industries who claimed bankruptcy.

“We denounce the violent response of the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the riot police who utilizing the provocative actions of a small group attacked and injured hundreds of protesters.”

Unemployment in Bosnia has jumped to 45 per cent with many protesters demanding early elections be called.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, which was formed in 1945 is active in 126 countries and says it is  “working to build a strong class-oriented militant trade union movement and coordinate the struggles of the working people for their own interests against the policies monopolies and imperialism.”

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