Spanish Unions to Rally Against Deficit Cap – What’s Wrong With Them?

UGT office, region Ávila, Spain - copyright Ruud Zwart, Creative Commons


You have to wonder what’s wrong with Spain’s unions. If they’re not out on strike at Spain’s airports, damaging the Spanish tourist industry, they’re threatening to go out on strike when the government makes economic decisions they don’t like. This week, it’s Spain’s main labour unions, CCOO and UGT. They’ve said they’ll be out on strike next week against the decision by the Spanish government, and opposition parties, to cap the deficit.  If this is what Spanish unions think is beneficial to Spain, it seems to us  Spain’s unions are just about as anti-Spain as you can get.

Protests are planned in Madrid on September 6th and in other parts of the country a few days earlier. They’re upset the government will sign a law ruling that the public deficit for the central government and the regions will be capped at 0.4 percent of GDP. Unions claim its an attack on welfare programs.

One has to ask though, what Spain’s unions think the government should be doing instead? A massive deficit, a struggling economy, problems repaying loans and the threat of total economic collapse if the country doesn’t get a grip on its abysmal economic situation. Yet Spanish unions seem to think the government should continue spending money as it always has and bugger the deficit.

Spain’s unions. They’re like the definition of insanity. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.