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Widespread demonstrations and strikes in public sector

Medical staff continues protesting for better conditions in primary healthcare, while university students demand cheaper tuition fees

 

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29 November 2018 01:33 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Medical staff in primary healthcare continued their week-long strike on Thursday, but this time, doctors and nurses were far from being the only ones protesting on the street.

University students also carried out a stoppage on Thursday, as well as primary and secondary school teachers, joined by other civil servants.

A unitary  protest of students, teachers, and public administration workers took off in Barcelona at noon. Meanwhile, rallies for education and medical sectors were widespread across the country.

Some student protestors cut one of the Catalan capital's main roads, Avinguda Diagonal, while others blocked the access to one of the second largest university in the country, UAB. 

What they're protesting about

The common demands for the protests are better conditions in the public sector.

While doctors want a maximum of 28 daily visits, in order to spend at least 12 minutes with each patient, the Catalan Health Institute (ICS) rejects setting any limits.

As for students, they demand a 30% reduction in tuition fees. While the measure was approved by MPs in the Catalan parliament in 2016, it hasn't been implemented yet.

Teachers in primary and secondary schools demand that the government to "reverse" the cuts applied during the financial crisis.

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  • Image of the unitary demonstration of the education sector, students and other civil servants in Barcelona on November 29 (by Andrea Zamorano)

  • Image of the unitary demonstration of the education sector, students and other civil servants in Barcelona on November 29 (by Andrea Zamorano)

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