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General Strike in Spain - 29 September PDF
Friday, 24 September 2010 00:00

If you haven't yet heard, there is a General Strike in Spain next Wednesday 29 September.  The protest is against the Spanish government's austerity measures to try and deal with the financial crisis. Backed by all the big unions, we can safely assume that nothing much will function next Wednesday, nowhere will be open, and no planes will fly over Spanish airspace.

So, make sure you do a shop on Tuesday. You have been warned!

Stop Press - Under an agreement reached between the Spanish government and the main unions, all the country's airports will open, and 40% of intercontinental flights will operate, 20% of European flights will take off, along with 10% of national services. There will also be 50% coverage on flights from the mainland to the islands, and on flights between the islands.
Local train services will see an average of 25% coverage, rising to 30% at peak times, and 20% of AVE high speed train services will operate.


The Spanish trades unions are demanding:

  • No cuts in social spending. Those who caused this crisis and benefited most should pay: banks and speculators.
  • European wages. The minimum wage in France is € 1321.02 per month, in Spain only € 633.30.
  • Overtime to be voluntary and well paid.
  • Strict control of inflation and speculation on commodities like food and housing.
  • An end to uncertainty and temporary contracts. Training contracts are for training, not to exploit the trainee.
  • A quality public and free university education.
  • Reduction of income tax for self-employed and small companies. Streamlining and simplification of bureaucracy to encourage self-employment.
  • Increased investment in R & D. Give priority to research to avoid the brain drain. Renewal of our industries.
  • Reconciling work and family life. Negotiating the intensive day and 35 hours per week.

©  Paul Whitelock


See also:

Huelga general

Generalstreik in Spanien


Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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