Spain -Catalan ambulance workers strike against wage cuts of 9.2% -September 09, 2013

Ambulance workers in Catalonia went on a four-day strike against wage cuts of 9.2%. The wage cuts are a consequence of the budget cuts, but are considered by unions to be illegal because the public framework contracts under which the ambulance companies operate do not provide for wage reductions. Disagreement exists over the level of mobilisation in the strike; government spokespersons said that only 7.74% of the staff joined the strike, whereas trade unions stressed that 90% of the staff that was scheduled and not obliged to maintain essential services participated in the action.



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