Madrid, Jun 18 (Prensa Latina) - The two largest Spanish trade unions, the General Union of Workers (UGT) and the Workers Commissions (CC.OO.), on Monday described as massive the monitoring of the general strike in the country’s coal mining regions.
The crackdown, in rejection of budget cuts implemented by the government in that industry, is part of the 22-day indefinite strike in the coal mining sector.
UGT mining secretary Victor Fernandez stated that the compliance with the 24-hour strike is total in all mining regions of Asturias, Palencia and Leon, in northern Spain.
In remarks with the state news agency EFE, Fernandez said that the trade unions will continue protesting until the conservative government of Mariano Rajoy rethinks some adjustments to the helps the coal sector needs.
Convened by both organizations, the strike was scheduled in principle for May 23, 24, 30, and 31.
However, the CC.OO and the UGT endorsed the continuation of the strike, after the talks the government failed given the refusal to restore aid to the coal sector, which was reduced in the 2012 State Budget.