Spanish union calls strike over austerity plan

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A Spanish union Thursday called a strike of public sector workers for June 2 over the socialist government's new austerity measures.

The branch of the UGT union representing the public sector also called for mass demonstrations on May 20 against the measures announced Wednesday by Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

It urged all "public workers of different sectors of the country, from health to education to emergency services, municipalities, autonomous communities and government agencies, to observe a general strike on June 2."

Zapatero on Wednesday announced austerity measures worth 15 billion euros over two years in a new bid to shore up Spain's public finances after stocks plunged last week over fears it could follow Greece into a debt crisis.

© 2010 AFP

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