Over a million Spanish workers take to the streets across the country in protest against the governments labour reforms that enable bosses to unilaterally cut wages if they want, whenever they want. The government claims that by giving bosses the power to treat people like shit it will reduce Spain's unemployment rate of 23%, which is the highest in the developed world.
In Spain at the weekend it was estimated that well over 1,000,000 workers demonstrated across 57 cities against labour reforms.
Amongst other things, the reforms enable employers to reduce the pay of workers unilaterally. All they have to do is claim that it is necessary in order to ensure the business remains competitive, and they can reduce them at will.
The unemployed will lose all benefits if the reject the offer of any job three times and the government are creating training and apprenticeship contracts on disgusting pay, terms and conditions. There will also be an end to collective pay bargaining.
A Spanish teacher said that, “The labour reform is the perfect excuse for the government, which is a puppet of the banks and big corporations, to attack our living standards. This system is defrauding us all.”
The Spanish government claim that the reforms are necessary in order to reduce the 23% unemployment rate, currently the highest in the developed world. Spain’s youth unemployment rate is at 50%.