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Spain’s labour reform: three years on

By Vicente Clavero* Three years ago the Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy pushed through its labour reform against despite big opposition. Most of the parliamentary groups and social forces rejected it, to no avail; well founded warnings about possible consequences were ignored too. The absolute parliamentary majority of the Popular Party meant the law got … Continue reading

The great private pensions fraud

Fresh from implementing reforms of its pension system Mariano Rajoy’s Spain is now preaching the merits of its pro-market policies to the rest of Europe, backed by the Troika. But state pension cuts and the virtues of private insurance-based schemes are built on myths that serve financial capital, argues Vicenç Navarro There’s been a constant onslaught by banks and … Continue reading

Thousands rally for publicly run health services in Madrid

More than 60,000 health workers and citizens turned out in the streets of Madrid in the fifth mass protest against the privatisation of the capital’s health services since the start of the year. Unions CCOO and UGT and the radical United Left party formed part of the ‘white tide’ rising against the plans of the … Continue reading

Spain’s Socialists must turn left to save democracy

By Antonio Mora Plaza In her initial comments after the collapse of the Socialist vote in the Galician and Basque regional elections on October 21, party spokesperson Elena Valencia talked of a ‘negative election cycle’ caused by the crisis and – I guess this is something – the [austerity] measures taken in May 2010 taken … Continue reading

Spain’s supermarket expropriations spread

Supermarket expropriations have extended to other parts of Spain, following the example of ‘Robin Hood’ mayor José Manuel Sánchez Gordillo in Andalusia. A store of the global  supermarket chain Carrefour in the town of Merida in the western region of Extremadura was hit Friday by 50 members of the Platform for Basic Income in Extremadura. … Continue reading

Should Spanish banks get another huge bailout?

Another huge bailout of Spanish banks is looming. Pundits and Brussels officials are reported to believe that, following a deep write-down of dodgy housing loans, a tonne of cash from the eurozone’s rescue fund – the €500bn European Stability Mechanism – is required to shore up the country’s financial sector. Why? A fresh panic is … Continue reading

Valencia’s Student Spring

How students are playing a key role in the new wave of protests in Spain By Acontracorrent, a student organisation from the Valencia region. Saturday 25 February ended with a massive rally of historic proportions in the city of Valencia; a cycle of protests and social responses in recent weeks to a policy of cuts … Continue reading

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