Solidarity with Spanish protesters
20th July 2012
Ahead of last night's (Thursday) mass
demonstrations across 80 Spanish cities, the CWU expressed support
for the country's CCOO
union confederations, other organisations and all people protesting
against the latest austerity measures pushed through parliament by
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's People's Party (PP).
In letters of support, general secretary Billy
Hayes, wrote: "The continual arbitrary erosion of
rights in the name of economic recovery are a reversal of the gains
of the last 40 years and we support you in your struggle."
Signing off with a strong message of solidarity, Billy
concluded: "We are with you in your continuing battle and we
stand ready to assist you in whatever way we can."
The protests follow mounting unrest in response to the Spanish
government's continual attacks on the rights of workers. In
particular, the 65 billion euro package of spending cuts and tax
hikes passed through parliament using only the votes of the PP MPs,
has drawn groups that have previously stayed away, including
policemen, to action.
Adding his support, CWU head of international affairs John Baldwin, said: "This is effectively a demonstration by the people against the severe and arbitrary cuts and erosion of hard won rights imposed by the right-wing PP government at the behest of the Troika."
Read the response from CCOO general secretary, Ignacio Fernández Toxo.