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(en) Spain, :Madrid, Thousands march against new labour laws

Date Sun, 09 Apr 2006 12:17:18 +0300


As millions fight new employment laws in France, last week 5,000 people
marched in Madrid against new proposed Labour Reforms in Spain.
On Saturday 1st April the Spanish anarcho-syndicalist trade union, the CNT, held
a demonstration and workers arrived in buses from all over the country to attend.
Like the demonstrators in France (see www.libcom.org/blog for our coverage) the
participants were opposing a new proposed employment law. It allows for the reduction
in redundancy payments, makes mass sackings easier and increases the power of temp
agencies - who are currently trying to enter sectors such as public administration and
construction. They were opposed most of all to the fact that every new reform means
more advantages to employers to the detriment of workers' rights.

At the end of the demonstration, various speakers from the union stressed
the messages of the demonstration. Alluding to recent political
developments, the ceasefire by Basque separatist group ETA and the
possibility of finding a solution to that conflict was welcomed, noting
that the methods of the group are alien to anarcho-syndicalists, whose
arena of struggle is in the workplace and in the streets, defending
workers' rights and denouncing injustices. The horrifying number of deaths
in other areas was condemned, such as accidents at work, and therefore
reforms in the labour market that tend towards deregulation and the
removal of protections can only undermine measures to avoid the bloodshed
of workers.

After the speeches came various musical acts. The organisers' impressions
were generally positive, and they left with reinforced determination to
continue the campaign against the Labour Reform initiated several weeks
ago, and of which this was the national action.

Actions have already been announced for April in different Spanish cities,
and on the 1st May – International Workers Day - the CNT will again be in
the streets, this time with demonstrations all over the country, to
denounce once more every legal manoeuvre to undermine workers' rights
solely in order to increase profits.

Some photos: http://www.cnt.es/latiradepapel/fotogaleria/

Discussion on the demonstration and more information on the new laws:
http://libcom.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=9197
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