Spain: Striking coal miners on the front line of austerity fight
10,000 coal miners in Spain are on the front line of the European austerity debate as their workplaces are shut down by big national budget cuts, to pay for the debts of the banks.
At the end of May miners began an underground sit-in, triggering a massive regional stoppage, which has been met with some dramatic, bloody and violent responses. The crisis UGT and CC.OO unions are facing was reported to the congress of the new 50 million member IndustriALL Global Union.
Delegates heard that the Spanish government is refusing to talk to the workers about the massive job losses.
IndustriALL has today called for solidarity support from the global union movement.