Spanish, Czech fights for workers’ rights

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Is Spain the next Greece?

Students and teachers in Spain have packed the streets of Valencia, angry at cuts to the education system by their government. They are also angry about harsh and brutal tactics used by police there at previous rallies when dozens were beaten and arrested.

Teachers and students went on strike across Spain on Tuesday against deep education cuts: here.

Strike and mass protests against Spain’s education cuts: here.

Eight thousand Spanish miners kicked off a four-day strike on Wednesday against the right-wing government’s decision to slash subsidies to the sector: here.

The boss of Spain’s second-largest mortgage lender insisted on Saturday that the bank has a bright future after the government agreed to hand it another €23.5 billion (£18.8bn): here.

Czech republic: Two thousand trade unionists and leftwingers marched through Prague on Tuesday in defence of the right to strike and against anti-social government cuts: here.

More than 30,000 public-sector staff kicked off an indefinite strike for improved pay in Norway on Thursday morning, shutting down hundreds of kindergartens and schools in the middle of exam season: here.

6 thoughts on “Spanish, Czech fights for workers’ rights

  1. Farmers protest at slashed subsidies

    CZECH REPUBLIC: Farmers blocked roads in rural areas on Wednesday to protest against cuts in biofuel subsidies, causing traffic problems all around the country.

    The protesters say the cuts and a new sales tax on wine proposed by the government would make their products more expensive and less competitive because farmers in other EU countries, except neighbouring Slovakia, receive such subsidies.


  2. Spanish coal miners’ strike enters second week

    Coal miners in the northern mining area of Asturias striking against cuts to government subsidies used rocks, tires and rubbish bins to blockade roads this week.

    On Monday, as the strike entered its second week, Spanish police arrested five striking miners. The miners set up 16 roadblocks, seriously disrupting traffic and threw rocks at police escorting traffic around the blockades.

    A police statement said two men had been detained “who were part of a group of about 50 people who were throwing objects from a highway overpass onto a highway near the town of Vega del Rey.”

    On May 31, 14 people, including two journalists and eight police officers, were hurt after riot police charged a group of striking miners who protested outside the industry ministry during a demonstration of nearly 10,000 miners in Madrid.

    The open-ended miners’ strike, which affects around 8,000 workers in the 40 or so mostly northern coal mines, began last week to press the government to reverse its decision to make sharp cuts to state coal subsidies that they say will destroy the industry. The government’s budget for 2012 slashes total subsidies to the coal sector to €111 million ($142 million) from €301 million last year.


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  6. Czech agricultural workers call for general strike

    The Prague Daily Monitor reported that agricultural unions issued a call on their members and all other employees to join a two-hour general strike against Czech government policy, to be held on September 27.

    The agricultural trade unions are members of the second biggest trade union umbrella organisation, the Association of Independent Trade Unions (ASO).

    The finance ministry has submitted a budget bill for next year to be debated at the ongoing session of the Chamber of Deputies. As part of its austerity budget measures, the government plans to increase VAT and to reduce pensions.


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