Saturday, January 17, 2009

Candido Méndez and Fernando Toxo, the heads of the two largest trades unions in Spain - the CCOO and the UGT - stated yesterday that they were against a general strike against the socialist government due to rising unemployment.

The two leaders were in Valencia taking part in a demonstration that ended in front of the regional Employment ministry to protest against the disproportionate rise in unemployment levels in the conservative-governed Community.
So they demonstrate against a regional government, which has a limited hand in economic policies, and they don't lift a finger over the central government that is responsible of an unprecedented surge in unemployment?

Ah, of course: the Valencian regional government is conservative; the central government in Madrid is Zapatero's Socialists. Can't touch that.