The main teacher´s union, ANPE, has announce today that is neither asking for nor backing the incoming General Strike (November 14) organized by the two main unions, CCOO and UGT. http://www.anpe.es/sin-categoria/2012/10/anpe-no-convocara-ni-secundara-la-huelga-general-del-14-de-noviembre/
This is hardly a surprise. ANPE didn´t back the previous General Strike that took place in March in a bitter press release that reminded “the other unions” how lonely and attacked ANPE was when tried to oppose to the PSOE spending cuts in 2010. ANPE now rejects the political goals of “other entities and organizations”, like asking for a referendum about the spending cuts, in a clear reference to CCOO, UGT and the socialist party PSOE. And ANPE considers it a dangerous path of “Hellenization” of Spain.
But the main point is that ANPE criticizes the budget cuts in basic welfare-state policies made by the PP government, and they blame years of budget chaos and public corporations´ proliferation for the rocketing debt, and ask for deep structural reforms instead of mere financial measures. As I have defended here (http:/wp.me/p2KoGX-4), our problem is not the size of the Spanish State but its structure. The Corporate State is the real, and wasteful, ruler.
CESM (The doctors union) would not back it as well (I have hear it but I have not been able to confirm it yet), and the main news to wait for is what the main civil servants union, CSIF, will do. If they were able not to back the strike, and to do it for the same reasons than ANPE, it could reveal the citizens the real situation of Spain´s public sector and the divorce (that any insider and most of public servants know) between the two Political, Budget dependent Unions, and the Workers Unions.
BONUS: Regional Elections in Spain. Galicia. The PPs renew its absolute mandate in its stronghold of Galicia after a campaign where the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been almost absent, and where the main PP´s star has been his political rival Esperanza Aguirre. Regional Elections in Spain. Basque Country. After four years of PP-PSOE government, the PP has lost 3 of 13 seats, and the PSOE has pass from 25 to 16. A hard hit for centralism in this regions, that has favored the nationalist- conservative PNV (27 seats), and mainly, EH-BILDU, a political party supposedly linked to the Basque terrorist group ETA. BILDU would be the second political force in this region (21 seats). After the recent moves of Catalonia in favor of independence, it opens a really gloom prospect for the future political stability of Spain.