Spain

Spanish “left” groups use one-day general strike to promote trade union bureaucracy

By Alejandro López, 29 March 2012

The Communist Party, the Anti-Capitalist Left of the Pabloite United Secretariat, In Struggle (Spanish affiliate of the British Socialist Workers Party) and other pseudo-left organisations have acted as unabashed promoters of the union bureaucracy.

More austerity measures as Spain’s public debt soars

By Alejandro López, 22 March 2012

Spain’s financial situation is deteriorating rapidly, with debt reaching an historic high of 68.5 percent of GDP during the last quarter of 2011. It has now entered its second recession since 2009.

One-day general strike called in Spain

By Alejandro López, 15 March 2012

The two main Spanish unions, Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) and Union General de Trabajadores (UGT), have called a general strike for March 29 against the latest labour legislation.

Spain’s Garzón acquitted for investigation of Franco-era crimes

By Alejandro López and Chris Marsden, 9 March 2012

The Supreme Court’s decision to acquit Baltasar Garzón of misconduct for investigating the crimes of Franco’s fascist regime represents a tactical retreat by Spain’s ruling elite in the face of popular hostility to his prosecution.

US exploits UNHRC resolution to pressure Sri Lanka

By Sarath Kumara, 7 March 2012

The resolution will do nothing to address the war crimes carried out by the Sri Lanka military in the final stages of the island’s civil war.

More cuts demanded as recession looms in Spain

By Paul Mitchell, 6 March 2012

Figures released this week show that the Spanish economy is spiralling into recession.

Protests against austerity continue in Spain

By Alejandro López, 3 March 2012

Further protests against cuts in education and police violence were held in Valencia Wednesday, as well as in Catalonia and the capital, Madrid.

Unions call off strike by metro and bus workers in Barcelona

By Alejandro López, 2 March 2012

The strike planned for February 27 to March 1 by workers of the Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), the main public transit operator, was called off on Sunday.

Savage police assault on students in Valencia, Spain

By Alejandro López, 24 February 2012

A February 20 demonstration by students and schoolchildren in the Spanish city of Valencia was subject to a violent attack by police. The city was flooded with police, who made 43 arrests, including eight minors.

Hundreds of thousands protest new Spanish labour legislation

By Alejandro López, 21 February 2012

Hundreds of thousands of workers demonstrated in 57 Spanish cities on Sunday against the latest labour reform passed by the right wing Popular Party.

Franco’s heirs prosecute Spain’s judge Garzón

By Alejandro López and Chris Marsden, 17 February 2012

The prosecution of Judge Baltasar Garzón by Spanish authorities is both politically and morally obscene.

Spain’s Popular Party government imposes savage labour legislation

By Alejandro López, 17 February 2012

The labour legislation passed by the Popular Party government will dramatically curtail the employment rights of Spanish workers.

Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón debarred for 11 years

By Vicky Short, 14 February 2012

On Thursday February 9, the Spanish Supreme Court handed down an 11 year ban on National Court judge, Baltasar Garzón holding office.

Spain’s King Juan Carlos supported 1981 coup attempt

By Vicky Short, 14 February 2012

Declassified German state documents shed light on King Juan Carlos’s attitude to the February 1981 coup attempt in Spain.

Victims of Spain’s fascist junta testify in Garzón trial

By Alejandro López, 7 February 2012

Victims of the Franco regime testified in front of Spain’s Supreme Court during the trial of Judge Baltasar Garzón.

Spain’s judge Baltasar Garzón on trial for investigating Franco crimes

By Vicky Short, 20 January 2012

Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón appeared in court January 17 in the first of three cases aimed at silencing him and thwarting his investigations.

Spain’s Popular Party government announces unprecedented budget cuts

By Alejandro López, 5 January 2012

The new right-wing Popular Party government, headed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, has announced budget cuts totaling 16.5 billion euros.

Second recession looms in Spain

By Alejandro López, 29 December 2011

Economy Minister Luis de Guindos warned on Monday that Spain’s economy had suffered a “relapse” at the end of this year, and that the renewed weakness would continue into 2012.

Spain: Regional governments step up attacks on living standards

By Alejandro López, 21 December 2011

Since the victory of Mariano Rajoy’s right-wing Popular Party in the November 20 general election, regional governments have accelerated budget cuts.

One man’s campaign to expose corruption in Spain’s health service

By Paul Mitchell, 16 December 2011

Marcelino Victoria Sánchez, a Spanish air traffic controller, has been waging a determined campaign to expose corruption in Spain’s health service.

Spain: Inequality soars to record levels

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 23 November 2011

The victory of Mariano Rajoy’s right-wing Popular Party in Sunday’s general election is set to dramatically worsen the ongoing pauperisation of much of Spain’s population.

Social democrats pave way for return of right-wing Popular Party in Spain

By Paul Mitchell, 22 November 2011

With the count complete, the right-wing Popular Party (PP) won 186 seats in Spain’s 350-seat Congress in Sunday’s election compared with 154 in the last parliament.

Spain’s “Anti-Capitalist” electoral coalition: An anti-socialist trap for the working class

By Alejandro López, 19 November 2011

The “Anti-Capitalist” coalition is standing in Spain’s general election to prepare a political trap for workers and youth.

Politicians cover up austerity measures planned after Spanish elections

By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 16 November 2011

On Sunday, Spain is holding a general election, four months earlier than scheduled.

Spain faces economic catastrophe

By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 2 November 2011

Economic growth has slowed and unemployment has soared in Spain, raising fears that the euro zone’s fourth largest economy is in danger of a full-scale debt crisis.

Spain: Basque separatist ETA declares end of armed struggle

By Alejandro López, 28 October 2011

The Basque separatist group Basque Homeland and Freedom (Euskadi ta Askatasuna, ETA) last week declared “the definitive end to its armed activity”.

Spain’s main parties attempt to re-introduce censorship of public broadcasting

By Alejandro López, 11 October 2011

The administrative board of the state-run Spanish Radio and Television Corporation (Corporación Radiotelevisión Española, RTVE) has agreed a plan to give themselves access to the corporation’s iNews system.

Spain: PSOE and PP collude to rush through austerity legislation

By Vicky Short, 3 October 2011

The Spanish Socialist Workers Party government and Popular Party opposition are colluding to ensure the legislation required to further impoverish working people is rushed through parliament.

Spanish teachers and students protest education cuts

By Alejandro López, 22 September 2011

This week, teachers and students across Spain are protesting against education cuts.

Credit rating agencies threaten to downgrade Spain

By Paul Mitchell, 20 September 2011

Fitch Ratings warned last week that Spain’s credit rating could be downgraded because the country’s regions have fallen behind schedule on deficit-reduction targets, economic growth had been poor and public funds to rescue banks had been larger than forecast.

Spanish parliament passes constitutional amendment capping public deficit

By Alejandro López, 10 September 2011

The Spanish Constitution has been amended with a new article limiting the public deficit.

Spain’s opportunist United Left forms “broad front”

By Paul Mitchell, 29 August 2011

The United Left (IU) has formed a so-called broad front in order to oppose the necessary creation of a socialist party of the Spanish working class.

Pope steps up right-wing crusade in Spain

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 23 August 2011

Pope Benedict XVI visited Spain last week to attend the World Youth Day 2011, held in Madrid.

Spanish mayor desecrates mausoleum of fascist victims

By Alejandro López, 17 August 2011

The right-wing Popular Party mayor of Poyales del Hoyo has desecrated a mausoleum containing the remains of 10 victims executed by the fascists during the Spanish Civil War.

Protests continue as the police leave Madrid’s Puerta del Sol

By Alejandro López, 8 August 2011

Protests by indignados (angry ones) of the 15-M movement have continued since last Tuesday, when 300 police forcibly evicted the 90 people remaining in Madrid’s main square, Puerta del Sol.

Spain: Major attack on living standards will follow November election

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 5 August 2011

Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has announced a snap general election four months earlier than scheduled, on November 20.

Protests held against police eviction of “indignados” from Madrid’s Puerta del Sol

By Alejandro López, 4 August 2011

On Tuesday police forcibly evicted the remaining indignado protesters from the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid.

The calling of early elections in Spain

By Peter Schwarz, 3 August 2011

Under growing pressure from the financial markets, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Louis Zapatero has announced early elections for November 20, four months before the March 2012 deadline.

Why is the Spanish media promoting Esther Vivas of the Anti-Capitalist Left?

By Alejandro López, 1 August 2011

Esther Vivas, leader and spokeswoman of the Anti-capitalist Left (Izquierda Anticapitalista, IA) is receiving an extraordinary degree of media attention.

Spanish unions, “left” parties facilitate anti-worker reform of collective bargaining

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 30 June 2011

There is massive opposition to the changes to workers bargaining rights approved by the Spanish Congress last week.

Carmaker Citroën-Peugeot to close plants in France and Spain

By Antoine Lerougetel, 27 June 2011

Leaked internal documents reveal that PSA, the French Citroën-Peugeot car manufacturer, intends to close three of its plants.

The role of the ex-left in Spain’s los indignados protests

By Robert Stevens, 23 June 2011

The ending of the occupation of Madrid’s main Puerta del Sol square after more than three weeks provides an occasion to address the “autonomy/no politics” perspective advanced by its leadership.

Mass protests against government cuts in Spain

By Alejandro López, 21 June 2011

Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated against austerity measures in 50 cities across Spain on Sunday.

More evidence of provocations, repression of Barcelona protests

By Alejandro López, 20 June 2011

More evidence is emerging of the use of undercover provocateurs in the vicious police attack on a demonstration in Barcelona last Wednesday.

Protests continue against budget cuts by Catalán parliament in Spain

By Alejandro López, 17 June 2011

Last Wednesday up to 3,000 protestors gathered in front of the Catalán parliament in Barcelona.

Spain’s 15-M protests and the politics of “autonomy”

By Robert Stevens, 3 June 2011

Protesters in Madrid’s Puerta Del Sol square have insisted to World Socialist Web Site reporters that the demonstrations by “los indignados” have “no leadership” and are organised by “autonomous” collectives, commissions and assemblies.

Spanish anti-austerity protests spread to more cities

By our reporters, 31 May 2011

On Sunday evening thousands of protesters voted to continue the occupation of Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square, in the “tent city” established in the immediate aftermath of the May 15 mass demonstration.

Spain’s M-15 protests continue

By our reporters, 30 May 2011

The occupation of Spain’s main Puerta del Sol Square in Madrid continued over the weekend, and protests are set to carry on next week.

“If things carry on like this, there won’t be work for any of us,” say Spain’s indignados

By our reporters, 30 May 2011

WSWS reporters speak to Madrid’s “angry ones”.

Police beat anti-austerity protesters in Barcelona, Spain

By our reporters, 28 May 2011

Spanish police yesterday fired rubber bullets and beat protesters with truncheons in a vicious attempt to clear demonstraters from the Plaza de Cataluna square in Barcelona.

What way forward for Spain’s “angry ones”?

By Chris Marsden, 27 May 2011

The mass demonstrations in Spain that began on May 15 testify to the huge anger over the austerity measures imposed by the Socialist Party (PSOE) government.

Spain: Local and regional elections show mass dissatisfaction

By Alejandro López, 25 May 2011

The ruling PSOE has suffered its worst defeat in local and regional elections in history.

Protests continue in Spain as ruling Socialist Party suffers electoral defeat

By Paul Mitchell, 23 May 2011

Tens of thousands protestors continue to occupy Madrid’s Puerta del Sol and other centres in numerous cities and towns across Spain, despite a government ban.

Tens of thousands protest throughout Spain, defying government ban

By Alejandro López, 21 May 2011

Tens of thousands more protestors continue to occupy Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, as well as the main squares in another 162 towns and cities.

Protestors occupy city squares in Spain after mass demonstrations Sunday

By Alejandro López, 20 May 2011

Tens of thousands are continuing to protest in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol and other cities across Spain after last Sunday’s mass demonstrations.

Creation of “bad bank” heightens prospect of Spanish bailout

By Paul Mitchell, 14 May 2011

Reports that the Bank of Spain is considering the creation of a national “bad bank” to suck up the huge toxic debts of the country’s banks has heightened the prospect of a bailout by European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

Spain: Telefónica slashes jobs and offers multimillion bonuses to its chief executives

By Alejandro López and Vicky Short, 2 May 2011

On April 13 the executive president of Telefónica, Guillermo Ansaldo, announced at Investors’ Day in London the slashing of 20 percent of its staff over the next three years.

Spain: Catalan Greens vote for war with Libya

By Alejandro Lopéz and Paul Mitchell, 19 April 2011

The Catalan Greens, Iniciativa per CatalunyaVerds (ICV), voted in favour of the war in Libya supported by the ruling Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) in Congress last month.

Zapatero asks for funds while claiming Spain needs no bailout

By Paul Mitchell, 15 April 2011

This week Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero visited the Far East pleading for funds.

Spain takes its place in the imperialist war against Libya

By Alejandro López, 30 March 2011

The Spanish parliament voted last week in favour of Spanish military intervention in Libya with 336 in favour, just 3 against and 1 abstention.

Spanish air traffic controller: “The unions, the political parties. No one supported us.”

By Paul Mitchell, 23 March 2011

Marcelino Victoria, a Spanish air traffic controller, contacted the World Socialist Web Site recently, thanking us for our support and agreed to talk to reporter Paul Mitchell.

Spain’s ex-radical groups apologise for unions’ acceptance of social pact

By Paul Stuart and Alejandro López, 16 March 2011

Last month, the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (Spanish Socialist Workers Party—PSOE) government, the employers and the trade unions signed a “grand social pact” whose provisions include raising the official retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2013.

Spain’s fake left groups apologise for union agreement to social pact

By Paul Stuart and Alejandro López, 16 March 2011

Spain’s pseudo-left groups again demonstrate their role as apologists for the trade union bureaucracy, opposing any break by the working class with the main union federations.

Spain: Basque separatist party moves to renounce armed struggle

By Alejandro López, 1 March 2011

Leaders of the banned separatist group Batasuna, the political wing of ETA, have announced the formation of a new party, “Sortu” (Birth), to contest May elections.

Spain’s air traffic controllers union backs military policing of its members

By Vicky Short and Paul Stuart, 10 February 2011

On December 4, Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero’s social-democratic government passed a Royal Decree, imposing a “state of alarm” on 2,200 air traffic controllers.

Spanish trade unions and Zapatero agree to pension cuts

By Alejandro López, 7 February 2011

Spanish workers understand that “social pact” and “reform” are synonymous with austerity measures and cuts.

Spanish unions and middle class “left” back state repression of air traffic controllers

By Alejandro López and Paul Stuart, 22 January 2011

Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero’s government imposed a “state of alarm” on 2,200 air traffic controllers December 4, subjecting them to military discipline to force them back to work.

Spanish air traffic controllers’ union facilitates government persecution of its members

By Robert Stevens and Paul Stuart, 7 January 2011

The Spanish Socialist Workers Party government has stepped up its offensive against 2,200 air traffic controllers.

WikiLeaks cables: Spanish socialist government plans to renege on election pledges

By Paul Mitchell, 24 December 2010

Cables published by WikiLeaks reveal that the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) did not expect to win the March 14, 2004 election and were was seeking to renege on their manifesto pledges within hours of coming to power.

Spanish parliament votes to extend dictatorial powers

By Paul Stuart, 20 December 2010

Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero’s Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) government has extended to January 15 the “state of alert” imposed upon 2,200 air traffic controllers on December 4—placing them under military control.

Spain’s Socialist Party government colluded with US to conceal Iraq war crimes

By Paul Mitchell, 17 December 2010

Cables released by WikiLeaks show the PSOE government worked the Bush and Obama administrations to prevent prosecutions of US officials for war crimes.

Spain’s air traffic controllers targeted for escalating state repression

By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 11 December 2010

The Spanish Socialist Workers Party governments’ top law official, Attorney General Cándido Conde-Pumpido, is demanding prison sentences of up to eight years for hundreds of air traffic controllers who organised a strike last weekend.

Spanish air traffic controller: “We have arrived at something akin to Stalinist Russia, the Stasi or Hitler’s SS”

8 December 2010

This correspondence has been sent to the WSWS by a Spanish air traffic controller. It details the impact of the emergency legislation imposed by the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) government, bringing in military control of airports, including forced labour at gunpoint.

Spanish air traffic controller: “We are living now like under Franco”

By Chris Marsden, 7 December 2010

A number of Spanish air traffic controllers contacted the World Socialist Web Site to describe the state terror employed against them under the emergency measures imposed by the Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) government.

The threat of dictatorship in Spain

By Robert Stevens, 6 December 2010

The decision by the Spanish government to use the army to seize airport control towers so as to defeat a wildcat strike by air traffic controllers is a warning to the international working class.

Spanish government sends army to break air traffic controllers strike

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 4 December 2010

Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero signed an order to send army units to occupy control towers in airports around Spain, to break a wildcat strike by air traffic controllers.

Financial markets increase pressure on Spain

By Alejandro López, 1 December 2010

Spain, along with Portugal, has become one of the central targets of financial market demands for further austerity measures directed at the working class.

Spain’s middle-class “left” parties and the French pension struggle

By Alejandro López, 1 December 2010

Spain’s middle-class “left” parties have supported France’s New Anticapitalist Party (NPA) and the French trade unions in their betrayals of the October-November strikes against social cuts by the Sarkozy government.

Spanish general strike shuts down Barcelona

By Carlos Alejandro, 2 October 2010

Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city, was paralysed by the September 29 general strike that involved 70 percent of workers throughout the country.

Spain: Ten million workers take part in general strike

By Paul Mitchell, 30 September 2010

Nearly 70 percent of Spanish workers—10 million—took part in Wednesday’s general strike. In some sectors such as mining, metal, auto manufacture, electronic, fishing and other industries, participation was nearly 100 percent.

General strike in Spain against anti-labour laws and austerity measures

By Paul Stuart and Robert Stevens, 29 September 2010

Workers are striking today in opposition to the austerity measures and anti-labour reforms implemented by the Socialist Workers Party government of President José Zapatero.

Spanish miners strike against unpaid wages and pit closures

By Paul Stuart, 28 September 2010

A national miners’ strike in Spain in support of workers at the Alonso and Viloria mining corporations brought the industry to a standstill September 22-23.

Spanish parliament passes anti-labour laws

By Paul Stuart, 21 September 2010

The Spanish Socialist Party government has won parliamentary approval for new labour laws that will make it easier to sack workers.

Spanish air traffic controllers’ union sabotages another struggle

By Paul Stuart, 4 September 2010

The air traffic controllers’ union Unión Sindical de Controladores Aéreos (USCA) has overturned a 98 percent mandate for strike action, pushing through a deal supported by the employers and the government.

Spain: Popular Party embroiled in corruption scandal

By Paul Mitchell, 1 September 2010

For the past two years the right wing opposition Popular Party (PP) in Spain has been embroiled in the “Gürtel” corruption scandal, which has implicated many of the party’s top officials and leading businessmen.

Spain joins anti-burqa witch-hunt

By Alejandro López, 21 August 2010

In Spain as in France, a wave of anti-democratic legislation and policies is being prepared against Muslims, including proposals to ban the burqa.

Pentagon rejects new investigation into killing of Spanish cameraman by US troops in Iraq

By Vicky Short, 14 August 2010

Last week, the Pentagon responded to the decision of the Spanish Supreme Court to reopen the investigation into the death of cameraman José Couso in 2003 in Iraq. It declared that US authorities had already acquitted the three soldiers involved of any crime. Couso and Reuters reporter Taras Protsyuk were killed in April 2003 when Baghdad’s Hotel Palestine was shelled during the US invasion of Iraq.

The refoundation of Spain’s United Left: A turn to the banks

By Paul Stuart and Alex Lantier, 27 July 2010

The Stalinist United Left signalled at it June congress that it was prepared to shift decisively to the right, backing the policies of social-democratic Prime Minister José Zapatero as he carries out massive austerity policies in the interests of the banks.

Spain: Unions force pay cut on Madrid Metro workers

By Paul Mitchell, 22 July 2010

Unions on the Madrid Metro have forced a pay cut and other concessions on workers who have been involved in militant strike action against plans to cut salaries by five percent.

Prime Minister Zapatero forced to defend Spain’s solvency

By Paul Mitchell, 5 July 2010

Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero was forced to mount a desperate defence of Spain’s economic solvency on July 2, after Moody’s announced that it is reviewing the country’s sovereign debt rating.

Spain: Striking Metro workers face military intervention and union betrayal

By Paul Mitchell, 1 July 2010

The vice-chair of the Popular Party-run Madrid regional government, Ignacio González, has warned that he is “not going to discard the option” of the military taking control of Madrid’s Metro system, which has been brought to a standstill by striking workers and brought chaos to the streets of the capital.

Madrid subway shut down by mass strike

By Alex Lantier, 30 June 2010

Train drivers shut down the Madrid subway yesterday after a mass workers’ assembly voted to disregard minimum service rules imposed by the Madrid regional authorities.

Spain: Socialist Party government seeks to impose “labour reforms”

By Paul Stuart, 26 June 2010

The methods used to force Greece into massive austerity are now being deployed in Spain. The nation’s economy, the fifth largest in Europe, faces economic meltdown.

Spain: Strikes and protests greet PSOE austerity measures

By Paul Stuart, 10 June 2010

On Tuesday, 2 million public sector workers participated in strikes and demonstrations against the austerity policies of social-democratic Prime Minister Jose Luiz Zapatero.

Spain: government imposes austerity and pay cuts

By Paul Stuart, 5 June 2010

The ruling Socialist Workers Party of Spain (PSOE), led by Prime Minister Jose Zapatero, has pushed through a package of cuts adding up to €15 billion and imposed a 5 percent pay cut on government workers.

Judge Baltasar Garzón suspended for investigating Franco’s crimes

By Vicky Short, 29 May 2010

The internationally renowned Spanish judge, Baltasar Garzón, was suspended from his post on May 14, accused of perverting the course of justice by the body that oversees the judiciary, the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ).

Spain: Prime Minister pledges tough austerity measures “whatever the cost”

By Vicky Short, 1 May 2010

Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero has pledged to implement austerity measures “whatever the cost”.

Spanish airport strikers given two-year probationary sentences

By Paul Mitchell, 3 April 2010

Twenty-three Spanish airport workers who went on strike at Barcelona airport on July 28, 2006 and occupied the runways have been given two-year probationary sentences.

Spanish airport strikers face imprisonment for sedition

By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 20 March 2010

The charges brought against 27 Spanish airport workers, under an anti-terror law passed during Franco’s fascist dictatorship, represent a major offensive against democratic rights.

Spain: Fascist Falange allowed to join prosecution of Judge Baltasar Garzón

By Vicky Short, 1 March 2010

The Spanish Supreme Court has allowed the fascist party, the Falange, to join a private prosecution brought against Judge Baltazar Garzón because of his attempts to investigate the crimes of the Franco dictatorship.