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General strike hits Spain

General strike hits Spain

The first general strike against the centre-right government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who was elected in November, took place on March 29 as unions and workers took to the streets against a new barrage of austerity measures in the midst of Spain’s deep economic crisis. The Rajoy administration insists that cutbacks and labour reforms are needed to bring Spain’s deficit under control and introduce flexibility to the workplace in the face of 23 percent unemployment. Unions claim the government “wants to end labour and social rights and finish off everything.”

April 1st, 2012 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

Spain’s general strike: too much, too late

The organisers of the September 29 strike have sought to blame international markets and capitalism as much as the Zapatero government, but their protest nonetheless appears unlikely to have any major impact on policy.

September 29th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

The strikers who have nothing to protest

Spain's general strike: justified protest or just the moaning of the privileged?

The generous employment contracts enjoyed by many of those taking part in the September 29 general strike leave a generation of Spaniards out in the cold, drawing the question: who do these protesters represent?

September 28th, 2010 | Posted in Business | Read More »

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