Span­ish unions protest re­tire­ment re­form

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

MADRID: Tens of thou­sands of Span­ish work­ers staged strikes in 40 cities Satur­day to protest state plans to up the re­tire­ment age to slash pub­lic deficit, the high­est in the eu­ro­zone af­ter Greece and Ire­land.

The strik­ers gath­ered in cen­tral Madrid car­ry­ing red flags and hold­ing plac­ards such as "No to re­tire­ment at 67", po­lice said giv­ing the es­ti­mates, adding they were es­sen­tially from the main UGT and CCOO unions.

"It's a di­rect at­tack on the rights of work­ers, who have al­ready suf­fered in the cri­sis for two years," said Juan Car­los Cac­eres, a rail­way union leader.

Rais­ing the re­tire­ment age "makes no sense be­cause there is a very high level of youth un­em­ploy­ment," said Maria Eugenia Mar­cos, an un­em­ployed telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions worker. How­ever, the 56-yearold said the protests against the re­forms were "weak" as many peo­ple re­alised that some­thing needed to be done safe­guard fu­ture pen­sion pots. -Afp

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