4 thoughts on “Spanish workers keep fighting austerity

  1. Pingback: Spanish anti-austerity movement continues | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Spanish teachers strike

    Teachers across the country have called for a day of industrial action, first in October and then November, over cuts, tighter rules for scholarships, increasing tuition fees and ongoing educational “reform.”

    The Plataforma Estatal por la Escuela Pública, composed of parents, students and teaching unions, has announced a general strike for October 24.

    On the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula), high school and primary teachers have been on an indefinite strike since September 16.

    The strike is over cuts and the Balearic Islands’ government’s new Integrated Language Procedure (TIL), which downgrades the Balearic variant of Catalan, the language of the islands for 800 years and of its school instruction up until now, into one of three languages to be taught in the education system, along with Castilian (Spanish) and English.

    In Palma, capital of Mallorca, up to 6,000 teachers have been demonstrating daily outside the main government building.

    Since May 2010, the teachers’ working week has risen from 35 hours to 37.5 hours and their wages have fallen on average by 25 percent. The 2013-2014 school year is set to start 1,000 teachers short (8.3 percent of the teaching body) for the same enrollment of students.



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