Tens of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, of workers in the Spanish province of Cadiz have joined a general strike to support employees of bankrupt US car parts maker Delphi. The group is to shut its Cadiz plant, wiping out around 1,600 jobs and indirectly threatening another 4,000.
“I was expecting people to strike, but I didn’t think so many people would take part in such a massive show of support.” said one worker. Unions had called on around 800,000 workers in the area to join the general strike. Delphi has pledged around 50 million euros in severance pay. It’s to close the site on the grounds that it was making an operational loss.
One union representative called the decision an act of ‘industrial terrorism’, claiming the multinational company intended to transfer operations to cheaper countries with poor human rights records.