12/28/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Labor Unions That Could Destroy European Austerity

The government austerity budgets being put into place around Europe have raised the ire of powerful labor unions which have already proven this year that they can disrupt the business and government operations of entire countries. These unions are so powerful that they can potentially force changes to austerity legislation to protect the wages and pensions of their members. These huge labor organizations can severely damage national economies by pushing national legislatures away from planned budget cuts, older retirement ages and new taxes.

Below is the 24/7 Wall St analysis of eight major European nations and their most powerful unions and labor organization.

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