Thousands of people across Spain demonstrate a proposal to cut state pensions
Thousands of people across Spain are demonstrating against proposed cuts in state pensions.
Thousands of people demonstrated this Saturday, May 29 in several Spanish cities to defend the public pension system and also to protest against the cuts which, according to them, are being prepared by the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations, José Luis Escrivá.
The protests began on Monday when hundreds of retirees gathered in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento de València “for the future of decent public pensions” and their upgrading equal to or above the CPI and against their possible privatization.
They called the measures announced in the general state budgets “shameful and insufficient” compared to an increase of up to 3% for the lowest pensions. The gatherings were called by the State Coordinator and the Valencian Coordinator for the Defense of the Public Pension System and took place simultaneously in 16 Valencian cities.
In Madrid, a thousand people gathered for a demonstration that took place between Puerta del Sol and the Congress of Deputies. Participants chanted slogans against the government and outlined their principles, as their header banner read: “In defense of the public pension system – NO to the Pact of Toledo.”
In Barcelona, at least a thousand people, according to the Guardia Urbana, gathered at the headquarters of the government delegation in Catalonia, also to defend the public pension system.
The event, organized by the Marea Pensionista de Cataluña, started in Urquinaona Square in the Catalan capital with the slogan “In defense of the public pension system. NO cuts or privatizations ”, and it was a peaceful demonstration in the main streets of the city up to the seat of the government delegation.
Ramon Franquesa, the group’s spokesperson, reported that the protesters demanded that the public character of the pension system be maintained and that no agreement be reached on any privatization.
Franquesa explained that the demonstrators demanded that it be clarified whether the agreement reached this week between the government and the bosses of social security, mentioned yesterday by the Minister of Inclusion and Social Security, José Luis Escrivá, involves the privatization of pensions.
“We do not want private pension funds to be created with this or that agreement,” said Franquesa, who has also asked the Court of Auditors to control the cash flow of Social Security since its creation in 1963.
Basque Country and Navarre
Thousands of retirees, called upon by the Euskal Herria Retirees Movement, also demonstrated in the three Basque capitals, Pamplona, and various municipalities in the Basque Country and Navarre.
The largest of the marches took place in Bilbao, where several thousand people participated, the vast majority were retirees but also included trade unionists, members of social groups and workers from companies in crisis.
In addition to the capital of Biscay, demonstrations took place in Vitoria, San Sebastian and Pamplona, while on Saturday morning they took place in cities like Ondarroa, Lekeitio, Eibar and Alsasua.
The Bilbao demonstration was animated by a banner calling for “worthy pensions of 1,080 euros / month”.
The spokesperson for the Biscay Pensioners ‘Movement, Jon Fano, severely criticized, in statements to the press, the UGT unions and workers’ commissions for having negotiated with the Spanish government and the CEOE employers and Cepyme the pension reform.
According to him, “the government with the employers, the UGT and the commissions will soon conclude agreements on pensions which will lead to significant cuts, not so much for retirees today as for future generations”.
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