During the workers’ march in Madrid to celebrate their day on May 1st, trade union leaders warned that they were not going to cut back their demands, despite the current economic “slowdown”. The leader of the General Workers Union, Cándido Méndez, said: “If any belts are to be tightened let them be the ones belonging to the CEOs and other top executives.” However, despite the economic crisis, not many workers turned out – 9,000 according to the police, 25,000 according to the organizers. Although one woman said: “We’re here because we can’t afford to go on holiday”, it looked as if quite a lot of workers were able to take advantage of the long weekend and headed for the beach or the mountains.


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