A militant strike by 8,000 coal miners has brought parts of northern Spain to a standstill. They have been on strike for over three weeks against cuts to mining subsidies.
They have burnt barricades, blocked 16 main roads and motorways, stopped trains and fought pitched battles with police. Some 10,000 marched in solidarity with the miners and against the right-wing government in the capital Madrid last Saturday.
The CGT union has called for a general strike in the autumn against the bank bailout, spending cuts and attacks on workers’ rights.