Thousands of teachers protest against cuts

THOUSANDS of teachers and students from the Costa del Sol participated in a strike on Tuesday over spending cuts. Eighty per cent of the country’s teachers took part in Tuesday’s protests, according to union officials.

The billions of Euros in cuts to government spending mean fewer teachers, more students per class, fewer extra-curricular activities and higher university tuition fees, unions say.

The protests are set against the backdrop of drastic cuts in basic services including education and healthcare, as well as the labour reform bill, which makes it easier and cheaper for employers to lay-off staff, as well as tax increases planned for 2013.

While one in four people are unemployed, the situation is worse among people under age 25, where more than half are without jobs.

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