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By nlscb (Sun Apr 06, 2008 at 07:59:56 AM EST) Unions, Mafia, Crime, Labor, Welfare (all tags)
In the United States, Labor Unions have had a long and notorious history with organized crime.  Jimmy Hoffa controlled the Teamsters and the Mafia basically decides what gets built in New York City, to cite just the two most famous examples.  Unions in the United States are not above viciously assaulting strike breakers and physically threatening management. 


Does Europe have the same problem? 



Italy doesn't count - the Mafia runs the entire country from top to bottom.  Did organized crime ever influence German post war reconstruction?  Is organized crime ever behind the crippling transport strikes that beleaguer France?  Does the Mafia quietly and discretely control large sections of Scandanavia?  Did the coal strikes in England during the 80s have criminal elements?  If not, why does Europe not have the criminal element involved in its Unions? Somehow, I doubt that it is free healtcare since Canada has had similar problems.  Though Canadian union thugs say "Sorry, eh" before they bash your in your skull. 
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I see a comedy movie wherein by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Apr 06, 2008 at 10:17:48 AM EST
The Mafia quietly and discretely controls large sections of Scandinavia.

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Nice herring processing plant you have there by TurboThy (4.00 / 2) #2 Sun Apr 06, 2008 at 10:51:47 AM EST
Would be a shame if something was to happen to it ... jah?
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Dis aint no Svuunskea cheese town now, by joh3n (4.00 / 3) #4 Sun Apr 06, 2008 at 12:21:39 PM EST
it's a Bertucci cheese town.  You gots dat?

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In the 80's, a criminal union controlled half of by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #3 Sun Apr 06, 2008 at 11:08:00 AM EST
Europe.


Absolutely by Herring (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 04:42:44 AM EST
They even cast Al Pacino as Arthur Scargill in the film Strike.

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ob. europe not homogenous comment by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 06:14:31 AM EST
In my country at least, the organised crime was left to the politicians as that is where the real lucrative gains are.

was? by LinDze (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 10:43:46 PM EST
Last I heard Paisley junior is having trouble taking control because of some pesky real estate shenanigans.

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heh heh by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 11:06:51 PM EST
Paisley Jr. wouldn't be too pleased to be thought to be a politician in the RoI;)

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Egads! The Orangemen! by LinDze (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Apr 08, 2008 at 08:44:40 AM EST
Theyre after me dole check lucky charms!

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