Education Workers in a New General Strike in Spain
Madrid, Mar 9 (Prensa Latina) Trade Unions, students and parents in Spain began today a general strike to demand the conservative government of Mariano Rajoy reversion of budget cuts and abolition of the controversial education law.
The striker of all the levels of education was called by the so-called State Platform for the Public School, which brings together teachers, students and the Spanish Confederation of Associations of Parents and Mothers of Students (Ceapa).
Jose Luis Pazos, president of Ceapa, asked the executive to revoke the Organic Law for Improvement of Educational Quality (Lomce), passed in 2013 during the first term of the right-wing Popular Party (PP), at that time with parliamentary majority.
Pazos described as unacceptable the appeal filed by the administration of Rajoy before the Constitutional Court, which seeks to prevent the Congress of Deputies from initiating a legislative initiative aimed at suspending Lomce.
The Ceapa representative denounced the new cuts in education demanded by the European Union (EU), when it is- he said- 'to recover the billions of euros of investment lost during the economic crisis.
In addition, it attacked against any new 'counter-reform' in public education, its privatization and the delay with which the parliamentary subcommittee responsible for negotiating an educational pact will begin to work.
He warned that the deficit commitments assumed by Spain with the EU can led to a cut of 'one billion euros for education'.
All the in favor of the measure of force agree that street fighting is being the most effective way to defend a public, universal and free education.
This Thursday's strike will be the third general strike in the sector involving parents, students and teachers since Rajoy took office.
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