This content is not available in your region

Spanish strike unlikely to sway government

Spanish strike unlikely to sway government
Text size Aa Aa

Thousands of Spaniards went on strike today in a massive show of force that will test the resolve of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

It was the first general stoppage of its kind in eight years but, even before it started, the government reiterated that it will not change its plans to axe the country’s budget deficit.

Despite the number of people who took to the streets of Madrid, polls suggest most Spaniards are not in favour of strike action in a country where 20 per cent are unemployed.