Spain union calls public sector strike

The leader of Spain's largest union will call a public sector workers' strike in response to wage dramatic cuts to public sector salaries.

Spain union calls public sector strike

The leader of Spain's largest union will call a public sector workers' strike in response to wage dramatic cuts to public sector salaries.

The Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) union is one of Spain's main unions meeting with Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero from 1130 GMT to discuss an austerity plan announced on Tuesday and likely to worsen the climate in which crucial labour reform talks take place.

"This afternoon we will call a meeting ... which will lead to a public sector strike," said a CCOO spokesman.

Unions considered demonstrations on Tuesday after Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero told parliament the government planned to cut civil service wages by 5 percent this year and freeze them in 2011.

A wider union protest appears unlikely after remarks by Ignacio Fernandez Toxo, the general secretary of Comisiones Obreras

"It (a general strike) is the last thing this country needs at a time like this," Toxo told private broadcaster Punto Radio.

"Decisions that serious, in case they are taken, need to be carefully thought over," he added.

Toxo said he would wait until the cabinet gave more details of the cuts at a weekly meeting on Friday.

"People may take account of the fact that proposals could have another outcome," he said.


Agencies


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