19 Feb '12, 2pm

Protesters swarm streets of Spain against labour law reforms

Protesters swarm streets of Spain against labour law reforms

MADRID - Hundreds of thousands of people, many waving red and white union flags, protested across Spain on Sunday against sweeping labour market reforms that make it easier to slash pay and lay off workers. Spain's two biggest unions, the CCOO and UGT, organised protests in 57 cities against the reforms which Spain's new conservative government argues are needed to revive the economy and slash a jobless rate of 22.85 percent, the highest in the developed world. Union officials said 500,000 people hit the streets in Madrid and 400,000 in Barcelona. Police gave no estimate for the number of participants in Madrid but in Barcelona they put the figure at just 30,000. In the Spanish capital, protesters marched under sunny skies behind a large banner that read "No to the unfair, inefficient and useless reform". The crowd chanted "strike! strike! strike!" as it made its way from ...

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