Spain -Massive general strike on 29 March -March 30, 2012

The general strike called by the country’s main trade union confederations UGT and CCOO for the 29th of March has affected the country’s road, rail and air transport. Unions announce large numbers of factory workers joined the strike and a number of regional television stations went off-air. Production in the car and metal industries has stalled. Unions indicate the size of the protest pointing at a 20% fall in electricity demand nationally by 8 o’clock in the morning. Employer’s organisation CEOE states that participation is unequally spread through the country and focused on big enterprises. The unions protest against an announced labour law reform which amongst others reduces severance pay, allows company-level collective agreements to undercut branch-level agreements and gives employers more scope to impose changes unilaterally, as reported in the February edition of this newsletter.

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