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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 »

Euro stumbles as Greece ups its brinkmanship

The soap opera in Greece took another laborious turn this week, prompting investors to flee the euro in lieu of the pound.

February 17th, 2012 | Posted in Expats | Read More »

Jobless in Spain: a personal viewpoint

Getting a job in Spain is hard enough, but once in a company, it can feel like you're efforts are not being valued.

As the Rajoy government unveils its labour market reform, one of the country’s recently unemployed workers wonders whether something other than the law needs to change.

February 10th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog, Spain News | 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 »

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