(Women's Day) Workers, students begin strike

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Spanish women are marking International Women’s Day with the first full day strike and dozens of protests across the country against the wage gap and gender violence.

Under the slogan "If we stop, the world stops,” women working both in and outside their homes, unpaid caretakers and students are called to join the 24-hour strike by the March 8 Commission, a platform of feminist organizations that also demands equal opportunities for working women.

CCOO and UGT, two of the main workers’ unions in Spain have called for morning and afternoon 2-hour work stoppages. In Madrid, a massive demonstration was expected later in the evening.

In Barcelona, protesters who disrupted traffic into the city center were seen in social media videos being pushed by anti-riot police agents.-AP