El Marko reports from Spain,
Spanish Unions Revolt Against Labor and Fiscal Reform
Thursday’s general srike in Madrid, unlike Barcelona’s, was largely a pacific affair. Two communist unions, the CCOO and the UGT, did their best to shut down the capital of Spain, and were met with solid resistance from the retail sector. The two unions, which represent a majority of unionized Spanish workers, failed to paralyze the retail sector, with approximately 80 percent of businesses remaining open. 17% of Spanish workers belong to unions with membership being voluntary. Huge mobs of union-led protesters attempted to force the closure of retail shops in the streets adjacent to the Puerta del Sol Plaza in Madrid’s city center
The garbage and vandalism were appalling.
Imagine if, instead, the strikers actually found something constructive to do. But that would take personal responsibility and creativity, wouldn’t it?
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