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Spanish budget set to go ahead despite strike

Spanish budget set to go ahead despite strike
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There is a general strike in Spain on Wednesday – but watchers say it is unlikely to derail the Socialist government’s austerity plans.

People across the country are bracing themselves for transport disruption even though polls suggest only nine percent of workers are planning to down tools.

Turnout was poor during the last stoppage, a civil service strike in June. The feeling was then that salary cuts of five percent were inevitable given the economic situation.

The strike is unlikely to upset Prime Minister Zapatero’s 2011 budget which he will present on Friday after striking deals over deep cuts in public spending.