Strikers promised a wave of protests to confront Rajoy’s conservative government over reforms making it cheaper for companies to fire staff and dismantling a nationwide system of collective pay bargaining.

“We don’t have much hope, but this is just the beginning,” said Trini Cuesta, a 58-year-old employee at a public hospital in Barcelona. “It’s not just about labor reform, we’re against policies that are provoking social and economic ruin. Social protests must rise.” […]


  1. Compromised and/or purchased political leaders make the fate of governments a secondary objective. See the video Empires on the Edge of Chaos for a related discussion.

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