I am not about to say that a general strike called by an anarcho-syndicalist union is Spain is going to shut the country down. I am saying that it should.
As Green Left put it so well,
Since its November 20 election triumph, the administration of Spanish Popular Party (PP) Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has launched such a blitzkrieg of neoliberal policies, less democratic rights, state centralism and conservative social values that at times it seems as if the country has gone back 40 years in four weeks.
The extent of the right wing push is frightening.
You are probably all somewhat familiar with the new labor "reform" laws which are designed to break organized labor and organized workers. It also pretty much destroys the social savings system while sending workers onto the unemployment lines. The public sector is the particular target of Treasurer Cristobal Montoro.
The environment is not exempt either.
Then there is the judiciary where the Supreme Court issued a guilty verdict against crusading judge Blathaser Gazon. Gazon has been looking into the fascist Franco dictatorship.Miguel Arias Canete, minister for agriculture, food supply and the environment, has foreshadowed a new National Water Plan. The last plan was an ecological disaster in the making that was defeated by mass mobilisations in 2002.A new coastal law that will “balance” coastal environment and development will legalise the tens of thousands of illegal buildings that have tuned kilometres of Spain's coastline into an unending Surfer’s Paradise.The minister for energy and tourism, Jose Manuel Soria, has decided to keep Spain’s ageing nuclear plants running past their use-by dates, and to build a new nuclear waste dump. It is a sign of the desperation for jobs here that the mayor of the chosen site described the news as “like winning the lottery”.
These investigations, begun when descendants of victims could get no answers from government or the courts, were making the heirs of the Franco dictatorship nervous. Would they end up in disgrace like their Argentinian, Chilean and Uruguayan counterparts?Meanwhile, right wing judges charged with corruption are being found innocent of corruption and influence peddling.
When ever the right is on the attack, women are sure to be a target.
Meanwhile, the government, led by a Defense Minister who is a former arms trader, is rushing to instal the US missile shield in the port of Rota.Attorney-general Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, former mayor of Madrid and supposed PP “wet”, is seeking to reform the PSOE’s 2010 abortion law to include the “rights of the conceived” and the obligation on minors to seek parental permission before undergoing abortion.On the eve of International Women’s Day, Ruiz-Gallardon described abortion as “violence against women”.
It goes on and on. Nothing is sacred here. Well, the rich are sacred and capitalism is sacred.
So wouldn't it be great if the multitude in Spain rose up and answered the call issued below.
The following is from the Confederacion Nacional del Trabajo.