Trade unions across Spain are preparing to march in protest of austerity measures and cuts implemented by Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government.
As unemployment spirals out of control and spending cuts are implemented across the board it’s no wonder that the workers of the country are feeling a little aggrieved.
Many protests are planned for today with further events scheduled for Thursday.
I wanted to mention though that today has traditionally been a day for the workers to make themselves heard. May 1st, or International Workers Day, has been celebrated across the globe for many years. It is an official holiday in over 80 countries and is celebrated unofficially in many more.
In Spain the day was celebrated in the 1930’s but was soon banned by the fascist Franco regime. In 1975 following Franco’s death the holiday was reinstated, however it was not officially celebrated until 1977 when the Communist Party of Spain was legalised.
It has since been seen as an official holiday traditionally used as a platform for trade unions to voice their concerns and for social and labour vindications.
Workers are expected to unite with coordinated marches and occupy rallies planned in countries across the world as the global financial crisis deepens. The average Joe on the streets sees no solution to the mess and politicians that are more interested in how they look in the polls than in actually doing anything about the problems.