Spanish luxury hotel workers strike
Workers at the state-controlled Spanish luxury hotel chain Paradores launched a two-day strike on Friday to protest job and salary cuts.
The industrial action -- organized by Spain's main Workers' Commisions (CCOO) and by the General Union of Workers (UGT) -- lasts from Friday to Saturday, striking at a bad time for Spanish tourists.
Spain had an official holiday December 6 to celebrate its 1978 democratic constitution and many workers took a day off on Friday so as to enjoy a four-day weekend.
"We are going to do everything we can to defend the 'Paradores de Turismo' jobs," Enrique Sanchez, an official at the main Workers Commissions union, said in a statement.
Unions are protesting measures that they say will include cutting 644 jobs, or 14 percent of the total, reducing hours for another 948 employees, the closure of seven hotels and the seasonal closure of another 27.
Workers are being called to join further strike days on December 31 and January 1.
Founded more than 80 years ago to sell Spain's image abroad, the 94 Paradores offer holidaymakers the chance to sleep in historic monuments such as castles, manors and palaces but in up-to-date luxury.
© 2012 AFP