Quantcast
Connect with us

Spanish unions call general strike November 14

Published

on

Spain’s labour unions Friday called a general strike for November 14, the second such blanket action this year against the government’s biting austerity measures.

The UGT and CCOO unions said they had approved the multi-sector strike as part of a broader day of action called by the European Trade Union Confederation.

“Unemployment, cuts, the impoverishment of the majority and the deterioration of public services justify a general strike,” the CCOO said in a statement.

ADVERTISEMENT

Spain is in its second recession since the worst of the economic and financial crisis started in 2008 and the unemployment rate is close to 25 percent.

The government has announced tens of billions of euros in pay cuts, tax rises and other reforms that it says are needed to lower Spain’s deficit and strengthen its economy in the long term.

The measures have sparked numerous mass street protests this year and the year’s first general strike on March 29. Hundreds of thousands of protestors marched in towns across Spain that day, though some workers said they could not afford to miss a day’s pay.

CCOO leader Ignacio Fernandez Toxo said the strike showed “firm opposition to the austerity policies that are generating unemployment and a recession that we are suffering in this country and in southern Europe, and which is advancing unstoppably.”

ADVERTISEMENT

The UGT said in a motion approved on Friday: “All this is putting families in our country in an unsustainable situation.”

The UGT and CCOO, which represent the majority of unionised workers in Spain, met later with 150 groups including smaller unions, the students’ union, and other social organisations to formally launch the strike call.

“There was unanimous backing by all of those present at the social summit for a general strike to be called,” UGT leader Candido Mendez told a news conference afterwards.

ADVERTISEMENT

The European confederation has called for a Europe-wide day of action including strikes, demonstrations and other actions.

Unions in Portugal have called a general strike for the same day and the main private sector union in Greece, GSEE, has also called a strike.

“Other countries will probably join in, in coming days,” Toxo told reporters.

ADVERTISEMENT

With backing from numerous sectors, the strike raises pressure on the conservative government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, which is resisting speculation that it will have to seek a bailout from its European partners to save its public finances.

The government has shown no sign of backing down on its reforms, imposed under pressure from European authorities, and on Friday it said a general strike would hurt the economy.

“I think that at a time of great difficulty for all concerned, we should act responsibly, and I ask the unions to do so,” Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria told a news conference.

ADVERTISEMENT

[Image via Agence France-Presse]


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Facebook

14 people dead after Turkey fires on civilian convoy carrying journalists and aid workers

Published

on

A convoy carrying foreign journalists, civilians and State defense forces (SDF) traveling to traveling to Ras al-Ayn, NBC News reported Sunday.

So far, 14 are dead and 10 have been injured. The convoy was being guarded by armed men and was hit as it arrived in the city, a border town that Turkey has seized as they have been firing on the Kurds.

"We have heard from some of the journalists that were part of this convoy, a convoy that was a mix of journalists and civilians. A France2 reporter was inside the convoy. She tweets 'We were in the convoy targeted by Turkish forces and allies. Our team is fine, but some colleagues are dead.' No details on the colleagues," said NBC News reporter Erin McLaughlin. "We’re also waiting to hear from Turkish military officials about what unfolded there today."

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump wishes ‘Happy Birthday to the US Navy’ — with a picture of a Russian battlecruiser

Published

on

Adding to President Donald Trump's Russia obsession was an awkward misfire in a simple happy birthday message.

Sunday morning, before Trump set out on another day of golf, he tweeted a celebratory message to the U.S. Navy, which was officially established in 1775. Instead of showing photos of historic Navy ships or courageous sailors or decorated admiral, Trump posted a battleship, that isn't even an American ship.

According to Politico defense editor Dave Brown, the photo used in the graphic was Russian battlecruiser, the Pyotr Velikiy.

Democrats have alleged that Trump has an unnaturally close relationship to Russia, giving President Vladimir Putin whatever foreign policy demands he has.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Former George W. Bush aide reveals why Republican talking points on Syria are complete crap

Published

on

During the weekend news shows, President Donald Trump's aides and allies took to televisions to justify the United States allowing Turkey to kill U.S. Kurdish allies.

"New Trumpist talking point," former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum began. "The only way to stop Turkey['s] massacre of Kurds is to go to war against Turkey."

That's an inaccurate framing, Frum explained.

"Turkey never believed that: that's why they asked Trump's permission to invade," he said. "All he had to do was say No. He said, Yes. Why? All the plausible answers are corrupt."

https://twitter.com/davidfrum/status/1183446682492637184

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1 and go ad-free.
close-image