Hundreds of public sector workers blew whistles and horns Friday at a noisy rally in the Spanish capital in protest at government cuts, including reduced wages, and deregulatory labour reforms.
The protesters – many waving red flags of Spain’s two largest unions, the UGT and the CCOO, which organised the rally – gathered outside the ministry of finance as they have every Friday since June
To signal their mourning for their rights (the T-shirt in photo says: ‘I used to have social and labour rights’), the workers dressed in black.
There were demonstrations in a number of other Spanish cities.
These protests ‘will culminate on September 15 with a huge march in Madrid’ to demand that the government cutbacks be put to a referendum, Ignacio, a 51-year-old employee of the city of Madrid, told AFP.
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