Firefighters in a picket line at their Lisbon headquarters in Portugal, 13 November 2012. The vest reads 'General strike'
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European workers set for austerity protests

14 November 2012 Last updated at 04:13 GMT

Workers across the European Union are set to stage a series of protests against rising unemployment and austerity measures.

The Day of Action and Solidarity calls on leaders to address growing social anxiety and abandon austerity measures.

Strikes are expected in Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy, with other protests planned in Belgium, Germany, France the UK and some eastern EU states.

Tom Burridge reports from Madrid.