Unions plan public-sector wide strike in Basque region


Six trade unions are coming together to take strike action over jobs and precarious employment in the public sector in the Basque region. The unions are responding to the failure of the regional government to address public employment and the persistently high levels of temporary contracts across the public sector. Action is planned for 22 April across all the main public services – municipalities, health, education, general administration, justice, public transport, public media and other sectors. The unions want to see the thousands of temporary workers who have been crucial to tackling the pandemic offered permanent posts and serious measures put in place to reduce what is the highest rate of temporary employment in the Spanish state of over 40%. There will be some workplace mobilisations on 15 April followed by the main action on 22 April and the unions are already talking of further action if there is no response from the regional government.

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