by Humphrey Carter

The new centre right Spanish government faces an interesting week ahead. Today, the traditionally left wing strong hold of Andalucia is expected to swing to the right which will come as a surprise boost to the government which is battling to drag the country out of financial crisis and halt runaway unemployment. One of the measures it has introduced to allegedly stop the jobless rot is the new labour reforms and they, along with a harsh austerity plan have sparked this week's general strike.

But just how successful is that going to prove.
Latest polls show that while there are doubts about the labour reform bill, there are also doubts about the general strike.
The majority of Spaniards (63.2%) believe that labour reform will contribute “little or nothing” to the decline in unemployment, but more people (47.6%) are against the general strike, than in favour (44.6%), according to a recent survey by Simple Logic.

The battle lines are drawn.


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