Thousands of people protested in the streets of Barcelona last Thursday against Nissan’s decision to lose 1,680 jobs at its factory in the region. The workers – some 10,000 according to the unions – were not only from Nissan but also from Seat and companies in the supply chain. The Guardia Urbana put the number of demonstrators at 5,000. The Workers’ Commissions union warned that if the sackings go ahead they will spark “a huge social conflict” while the General Workers Union called them “business terrorism” and urged the Public Prosecutor to take action. They said the government should spend less time defending the banks, and more time helping ordinary citizens.


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