Spain is mobilized by women in 8M with an unprecedented strike

Ⓒ AFP – Óscar del Pozo – | A woman sitting in a cafeteria in Madrid picks up a pamphlet on the general strike called to mark Women’s Day, on March 8, 2018

Spain was overturned on Thursday on International Women’s Day, with an unprecedented general strike called in defense of their rights and marked by marches, pickets and cancellations of trains.

The mobilization began last midnight with a cacerolada in the central Puerta del Sol of Madrid, where at midday (11H00 GMT) a concentration is planned.

The radio station SER woke up with exclusively male voices and the presenter Ana Rosa Quintana did not present the star program of the television channel Telecinco that bears her name.

Feminist collectives have also called on women not to consume or stop doing domestic chores.

Meanwhile, the Madrid and Barcelona meters were less frequent, and about 300 train journeys were canceled due to the strike. In the high speed, 72% of the service will be guaranteed.

“I am a mother, it is the standard 24 hours dedicated to others,” said Eva Ferrero, a 48-year-old woman and activist of the anarchist union CNT, who earns 700 euros a month as a part-time cleaner. and he must also take care of his mother and his two student children.

With these economic conditions, “they have me suffocated”, adds this trade unionist, who along with 80 other activists, men and women, participated in an informational picket on the door of the Primark store in the Gran Vía in Madrid.

Feminist claims also took over the Spanish media as a result of the strike called by the unions to demand effective equality between men and women. There has never been a general strike in Spain for this cause.

The mobilizations are worldwide, with numerous acts, strikes and marches planned in Latin America (Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, etc), and on Twitter the label # DíaDeLaMujer, declined in several languages, was a trend.

One of the most repeated data in Spain is that women charge 14.2% less than men, a gap nonetheless lower than the EU average (16.2%), according to data from the European agency Eurostat.

Or the difference in the employment rate, which is 65% for women with children, 21 points less than for men, according to official data.

At 12:30 local time (11:30 GMT), women journalists will be concentrated in the nearby Plaza de Callao, and at 7:00 pm there will be demonstrations in the main Spanish cities, with a large representation of parties, unions and associations.

– ‘This goes a lot of education’ –

Ⓒ AFP – Óscar del Pozo – | Pickets in Madrid on March 8, 2018, during the strike called to mark Women’s Day

“The example of so many anonymous women has made me fight harder and have pulled ahead,” said the president of the lower house of Parliament, Ana Pastor, in a message picked up by the television channel La Sexta.

“This goes a lot of education (…) there are men who still think that the woman tends better clothes,” he stressed shortly after in statements to public television the third authority of the Spanish State.

The Barcelona City Hall, headed by the leftist Ada Colau, hung a violet banner with the slogan “The City Council of Barcelona supports the feminist strike”.

And in the center of Madrid, the town hall, led by another left-wing mayor, Manuela Carmena, posted messages with slogans such as “It’s time for real equality” or “It’s time to end macho violence.”

Pilar Cazorla, representative of a group of hotel cleaners known as Las Kellys, denounced that they earn between two and three euros per room and that they are subject to heavy stress.

The wage gap was one of the dominant factors of the day, and the claim was echoed by the business community.

“To equal work in the same company, the salaries have to be the same, that is obvious, and whoever does not do that is wrong, and will pay,” said Javier Vega de Seoane, president of the Circle of Entrepreneurs.

The day was preceded by an internal controversy in the ruling Popular Party of Rajoy.

His Minister of Agriculture, Isabel García Tejerina, and the president of the Madrid region, Cristina Cifuentes, said that they would make a “Japanese strike” on Thursday, consisting of working more. Rajoy disavowed them on Tuesday saying he does not recognize himself in that initiative.

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