In Spain hundreds of people marched through a suburb of the capital, Madrid, on Saturday (25 February) protesting against poor employment prospects in the country and demanding better economic conditions for all workers.
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Background: In Spain hundreds of people marched through a suburb of the capital, Madrid, on Saturday (25 February) protesting against poor employment prospects in the country and demanding better economic conditions for all workers.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstration took place in Vallacas, a working-class suburb in south-east Madrid. Most of those who took part were under 30 years old, and critical of the government's recent measures to combat rising unemployment. Recently, there has been growing dismay among the Spanish working class at the government's failure to stem the rising numbers of jobless, which has risen by almost 150,000 in the past four months.
At present, more than 5.2 percent of the total Spanish labour force is out of work, and the Government experts a further 100,000 will lose their jobs in the first six months of this year. It was in protest against these grim prospects that the demonstrators took to the streets chanting "less police, more work".
A large measure of Spain's economic future rests on the strength of a pact made between the government and opposition parties last October. The pact contains an agreement that puts a ceiling on prices and wages in return for promises of political reforms. The austerity programme flowing from the pact has not won total support from the Spanish workers associations. And since October, there have been protests similar to this one by thousands of workers demanding better economic conditions.