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Spain Is Crippled By ‘Anti-Austerity’ Strike

From the UK’s Telegraph:

General strike in Spain to protest against austerity measures

Across Spain picketers took to the streets to protest against government austerity measures in a 24-hour general strike called by the nation’s main labour unions.

By Fiona Govan in Madrid
29 Sep 2010

Air travellers were worst hit by the strike, with an estimated two-thirds of all flights to and from Spanish airports disrupted…

Ryanair cancelled all its internal flights and most of its international flights, while Easyjet grounded half of its flights through Spain.

British Airways and Iberia warned of delays and said flights were likely to be cancelled at short notice. An estimated 30 per cent of flights only were expected to operate.

The pain in Spain falls mainly on the planes. And trains:

Bus and train services were drastically reduced in Spain’s main cities as protesters targeted transport hubs to complain at cuts in public sector pay and labour reforms that have made it cheaper and easier to dismiss workers.

Long queues were seen at bus stops in the capital as those commuters choosing not to strike battled to get to work using reduced transport services. Eighty percent of Spain’s high-speed train trips were canceled, all mid-distance were scrapped and only 25 percent of commuter trains were running.

Taxi drivers went on strike across the country, with 90 per cent observing the stoppage in Barcelona alone.

Picketers blockaded wholesale markets in Madrid, Barcelona and other regional capitals in the early hours of Wednesday, and threw eggs and vegetables at lorries attempting to deliver produce.

Shops on Madrid’s main commercial thoroughfare the Gran Via were forced to close their shutters after protesters staged a march up the street at midday chanting "strike, strike".

Rubbish was left uncollected and leaflets produced by the unions urging workers to stay at home littered the streets.

Scuffles broke out between police and strikers at factory gates across Spain with reports suggesting that at least 15 people were injured nationwide.

Major demonstrations had been called outside banks and government offices in cities throughout the day with the biggest expected in downtown Madrid at 6.30pm.

Spanish unions said 10 million people, or more than half the workforce, had joined the action and claimed the first general strike in eight years was an "unquestionable success".

Yes, a few more ‘unquestionable successes’ like this, and Spain may be completely bankrupt. Which, after all, is probably the ultimate intention of the communist unions.

Spain is struggling with 20 per cent unemployment – twice the EU average – that has hit Spain’s youth particularly hard. One in every three unemployed are under 30 years old leading them to be dubbed "the lost generation".

More than half of Spaniards in their thirties are still not financially independent and rely on their parents for support

Isn’t it odd how few protests we have seen from those demanding jobs?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Spain Is Crippled By ‘Anti-Austerity’ Strike”

  1. proreason says:

    I always thought that leftists wanted to get a stranglehold on transportation to prevent free assembly.

    But now I can also see that controlling transportation gives them the ability to control the economy…..or rather, bring it to a standstill whenever they so choose.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      I hate to break it to you, but it’s the same here in the USA. However, for interstate railroads, the feds can stop a strike with a 60-day cooling off period.

      In addition, in NY, public-sector strikes are normally illegal.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    “More than half of Spaniards in their thirties are still not financially independent and rely on their parents for support…”

    Wow………sounds like the career college students that live off ma & pa here in the States.
    We all know what happens to these leeches when ma & pa kick the bucket.

  3. P. Aaron says:

    Tourism slogan: Come to Delightful Spain. Watch us wreck our country!”

  4. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    “The pain in Spain falls mainly on the planes.”

    Priceless Steve.

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