Spain’s Students Union has called a day of protest against massive cuts in the public education system.
General secretary Thoil Delgado is in talks with the UGT and CCOO trade union centrals to try and coordinate action with teachers to make May 10 a ‘response from the educational community.’
The action would come just five days before the 15 May anniversary of the indignados movement, the country’s Occupy protests that inspired the world in rebellion.
Delgado promised that the action, the first specifically for youth, would be ‘a prelude to a sustained mobilization’ and the hope would be to repeat a series of joint actions with teachers.
‘We do not accept the cuts that are demanded when the Catholic Church’s budget of €11 billion is left untouched,’ Delgado said. Nor was there any shortage of money for Spanish banks, which have just been given €50 billion by the government, he added. This was ‘five times the size of the cut for education and public health,’ according to the student leader. Education is facing a 21% cut, he said.
For the students union the government’s cuts are an attack on access to education, not only university for the poorest families, but also pre-school, primary and secondary education as pupil- teacher ratios would deteriorate as a result.