Spain unions protest austerity cuts

MADRID – Thousands of Spaniards have take to the streets of Madrid to protest against the new labor reforms, Press TV reported. The two union leaders, Ignacio Fernandez Toxo and Candido Mendez, said the protest is a response to harsh austerity measures and an overhaul of labor law that will just make it easier for firms to fire workers while doing nothing to spur job creation.

Spain’s unemployment rate has edged up to more than 20 percent in recent months. This socialist Government has been taking measures against the middle class and the workers since the crisis begun. People just can not put up with more sacrifices. They should not be protecting the Banks and big companies leaving ordinary citizens permanently unprotected. The government has promised a radical change to pensions in early 2011 to lower the public deficit amid fears that a rolling debt crisis in Greece and Ireland may reach Spain soon.

Madrid wants to raise the retirement age by two years to 67, a plan that is fiercely opposed by the biggest unions, UGT and CCOO, which have called for street protests in all Spanish territories. The latest policy decisions taken by the government have been ineffective and have not produced any results as temporary unemployment is still growing in Spain.

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