Spanish coal miners protest in Madrid

Hundreds of Spanish coal miners have marched on Madrid to protest against subsidy cuts they fear could threaten thousands of jobs. Yesterday thousands more people joined the miners for a […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Hundreds of Spanish coal miners have marched on Madrid to protest against subsidy cuts they fear could threaten thousands of jobs.

Yesterday thousands more people joined the miners for a rally in the capital, after some miners and their families finished their three-week long march from different mining regions around the country on Tuesday (pictured).

The protests hit Madrid on the day Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced new austerity measures including a 3% rise in VAT, designed to slash spending by €65billion (£51bn) over the next two and a half years.

More than 8,000 workers have been on indefinite strike since the end of May. Some appear to have occupied a few mines as part of the industrial action.

Colin Campbell, Secretary General of trade union UGT said the miners locked in the mines “are having a hard time to defend reason and justice”, according to UGT’s website, adding: “harsh measures to be adopted by the Executive give more reasons to miners”.

 

Image copyright: Izquierda Unida / Gonzalo Caro