THE Workers Union in the Balearics (USO) said yesterday that the call for a general strike on 29th September made by the largest unions in the country is going to be “too late to be effective” and urged other unions to regroup for an earlier strike.

The call for a general strike made by the huge General Workers Union (UGT) and the Workers Commission (CCOO) comes in response to labour reforms being passed through national Parliament despite union opposition. David Diaz, General Secretary for the USO in the Balearics said that he had never heard of a general strike being called “three months after” disputed legislation had been approved by Parliament. He said that Spain should take the lead of other European countries being faced with the same austerity measures, such as France, which has already held a general strike in protest at the government's decision to freeze pensions.