General public workers’ strike of 18 December postponed until next year

Unions have postponed until next year the general public workers’ strike which was due to take place on Friday. The health sector workers will still be on strike as planned.  Canarias24Horas

Posted 26 November: Public workers who were calling for a general strike on 16 December, as posted below, have now rescheduled their industrial action to 18 December, in order to coincide with the health workers’ strike on the same day, as posted HERE. Some 150,000 public service sector workers are likely to be involved, with many of the main services likely to be brought to a standstill. Canarias24Horas

Original post 10 November: Canarian Trades Unions are calling for a general strike on 16 December. Intersindical Canaria, and its branch of education workers, Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Enseñanza en Canarias (STEC), are gathering support for a general strike of public workers in response to acknowledged cuts in public services in 2010.

The cuts are not only the result of a reduced budget allocated to the islands from Madrid as a result of the economic crisis, but also of potential payments that the Courts have judged the Government will have to make to private businesses. The principal of these is the infamous Caso Tebeto, which has landed the Regional Government with a bill for 100 million Euros worth of compensation to be paid to Canteras Cabo Verde. The company had originally been awarded a contract to quarry in Fuerteventura, but this was revoked by the Canarian Government. The Government has been ordered to pay up, but is fighting the Court order. In the meantime, however, the 2010 budget cuts will affect the Education and Health Departments more than any other.

The strike by the public workers thus affected is now expected to be announced shortly, and if it proceeds, 80,000 workers are expected to ensure that public services grind to a halt on 16 December. Of this number, 55,000 will be from the two departments most affected. La Opinion

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