Spain -Education strike unites teachers, parents and students associations -May 22, 2012

Following the education cut backs reported in last month’s newsletter, trade unions, parents and students associations announced a day of action for 22 May. Teachers went on strike in cities across the country by the thousands, seeking to defend the education sector against a package of spending cuts — €10 billion, or $12.7 billion — approved by Parliament as part of the government’s plan to meet its stringent budget targets. The strike was the first ever coordinated by Spain’s five main teachers’ unions, across the whole of the state education sector, from nursery school to university. While the unions claimed that 80 percent joined the strike, the government put the level at 19.4 percent.

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