Protest in Malaga. Sur
Few claimed to be pleased at the latest, and most severe so far, package of measures which the government maintains will help lift Spain out of the crisis. Many have decided to air their discontent over the last week by turning out in protest at the increase in value added tax and cuts in public workers’ salaries, among other measures. On Friday the Costa del Sol was the first public hospital in the province to stage a strike with several non emergency appointments cancelled during a three hour period. Later that day some 3,000 protesters ended a nocturnal march outside the headquarters of the Partido Popular in Malaga.
Also in Malaga city, there have been protests outside the Carlos Haya hospital for several days running. An estimated hundred hospital workers, chanting slogans such as “Rajoy cobarde, España está que arde” (Rajoy is a coward and Spain has reached boiling point), cut off traffic on Avenida Carlos Haya. They were protesting about the planned wage cuts and the general loss of workers’ rights throughout the SAS (the Andalusian health service).
Four days ago the SAS announced that it will not be renewing the contracts of 63 temporary workers at Malaga’s Clínico hospital. Among these are three doctors working in intensive care, twenty nurses and numerous technicians.
Further protests were organised by trade unions across Spain for Thursday evening. These included, in Malaga, a mass beeping of horns outside the train station and a widespread consumers’ strike.