Spain public workers protest pay freeze
MADRID (AFP) - Spanish nurses, policemen and other public workers protested on Friday against having their pay frozen for the third year in a row in the government's latest crisis budget.
Several hundred demonstrated under umbrellas in the rain outside the budget ministry in Madrid the day after the government approved new cuts, which analysts said could clear the way for a sovereign bailout.
The government said it would freeze public sector pay, which has not risen since it was cut by five percent in 2010 and which suffered an effective 7 per cent fall this year with the cutting of the end-of-year bonus.
Presenting its 2013 budget on Thursday, the government said it would pay the bonuses next year, but protestors said the freeze is already hurting them while they are working more for less pay due to job cuts.