EU staff to strike over cash cuts

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THE crisis over the European budget is set to deepen after the union representing most of the Brussels’ commission’s civil 
servants announced a strike later this month.

Just a day after German chancellor Angela Merkel held talks in Downing Street with Prime Minister David Cameron to find a compromise on the EU budget, pressure on European leaders was heightened with the 
announcement of a strike by the USF union.

Mr Cameron wants to freeze the budget for the next seven years against demands for an 
increase by the European Commission and some member states which receive net 
subsidies from the EU.

However, with negotiations set to take place on 22 
November, the USF has raised the pressure by announcing a strike involving the EU civil servants.

The leader of the USF union said yesterday that more action will be considered over the 
coming weeks, including a stoppage during the EU summit which was specially called to consider spending plans up to 2020.

USF president Sylvie Jacobs said: “It is quite likely we have to take further action over the coming days.”