Bilbao: General strike, protest turns violent

( Workers in the Basque Country are staging a general strike to protest government plans to raise the retirement age to 67 from 65 despite resistance from opposition parties and labour unions as part of austerity measures searching to slash its budget deficit and overcome recession.

This is the first general strike in the Basque Country in 2010 and marks a divorce between nationalist and non-nationalist unions. Basque unions LAB, STEE-EILAS, EHNE and HIRU support the call for a general strike whereas CC.OO and UGT do not support the call and are trying to reach an agreement with the Spanish Government.

The strike goes under the name of “No to the sacking of the pensions”. Read more…

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