Thursday, May 24, 2012
A miner stands in front of burning barricades on the A-66 motorway, on the first day of a strikes to protest against the government's spending cuts in the mining sector, in Pola de Lena, near Oviedo, northern Spain, on May 23.
'Eight thousand Spanish miners kicked off a four-day strike on Wednesday against the right-wing government's decision to slash subsidies to the sector. The action is backed by the country's main union bodies, the Confederacion Sindical de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) and Union General de Trabajadores (UGT), which warn that the subsidy reduction from €300 million (£240m) to €110m (£89m) will lead to the closure of the country's mines.'
Eight coal miners began an underground protest on Tuesday as part of the national strike action.
They started the underground sit-in two miles from a mine entrance in Santa Cruz del Sil. The miners have pledged to stay put until the full subsidy is restored.
The CCOO and UGT are planning a massive rally in support of the strikers' demands in Madrid on May 31.
'The unions are going to fight until the end to defend mines in the industrial landscape of our country," they said in a statement.'
EMY A. CASTELAO