Sunday, 10 June 2012

Solidarity with striking Spanish Miners

A solidarity group with striking Spanish miners is to be established tomorrow evening in Sheffield. 2 members are due to fly out there on friday, taking them with solidarity messages and to establish formal links.   

Below is a link to photographs about what's happening 

And for those not knowing owt about this below is a letter that is being sent to various papers

Although many of the ‘quality’ British newspapers have quite rightly given extension coverage to the financial crisis in Spain there appears to be an almost total blackout of news about the response of the workers’ movement in Spain to the austerity measures being pursued by the government. Most significantly, any reader of the British press could be excused for being unaware of the indefinite strike by Spanish coalminers which began on 31 May and is already escalating to the point of near civil war in some areas of Asturias and Leon. The announcement by the Conservative government of Mariano Rajoy to drastically cut subsidies to the mining industry which will threaten the livelihoods of around 8,000 miners and endanger another 30,000 jobs is being met by miners and their communities with a determined and united resistance. The response of the government, is classically neo-liberal and has no doubt brought tears of joy to Christine Lagarde and the other free market warriors of the IMF. For those of us in the UK who remember 1984-5, it is also depressingly predictable, with the Guarda Civil out on the streets in force firing tear gas and rubber bullets at miners and their supporters. In the year long strike of the British miners the Spanish miners were unstintingly generous in their support - it is time for a payback.

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