Spain - Unions rally against labour reforms - May 2, 2011

On 1 May, many thousands answered the call of the two main union confederations UGT and CCOO for a nationwide walkout in protest at the government’s labour law reforms that were carried through earlier in 2011. Over 80 rallies were organised throughout the country, but the largest masses gathered in the centre of Madrid to condemn the government and the financial institutions who are in their opinion the cause of the deep crisis in which the country is immersed. Yet, the Zapatero government remains adamant, repeating that reforms and austerity measures are needed to bring it through the crisis.

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