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Transport workers hit the Madrid metro in strike over pay cuts

Issue No. 2209

Workers in Spain take on the bosses and their government

Workers in Spain take on the bosses and their government

Transport workers on the Madrid metro struck for four days last week over pay cuts, shutting down all 12 lines and bringing the city to a standstill.

They are resisting attempts by the bosses and the government to make workers pay for the economic crisis. Workers in the CCOO and UGT unions say the cuts will also see the metro, which services around two million people a day, slashed in half.

The 7,500 striking workers also took part in protests on 30 June against cuts being imposed by the right wing regional government (picture above).

Workers suspended the strike for the annual LGBT Pride march on Saturday but are meeting as Socialist Worker goes to press and have said that there is a possibility off an all out open-ended strike if management doesn’t back down.

Trade unions in Spain are planning a 24-hour general strike on 29 September against public spending cuts and reform of the labour laws which will see massive attacks on pensions, jobs, services and conditions.

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Tue 6 Jul 2010, 17:36 BST
Issue No. 2209
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