Unions urge Van Rompuy to curb pay-cut demands

Council president and union leaders held talks but threat of further strikes remains.

Staff unions are hoping that their strike last week (8 November) will win them top-level intervention to save their salaries. Trade union members at the European Union’s Council of Ministers are hoping that Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, will persuade member states to drop demands for extensive cuts to the EU’s staff spending in discussions of the next long-term budget settlement.

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