Spanish judges and prosecutors stage nationwide strikes today

ALMOST 4,200 judges and prosecutors walked out of courts across Spain today (Monday) in a national strike over pay rates, working conditions and the running of Spain’s justice system.
The strike saw almost 3,230 judges and more than 970 prosecutors take part, according to trade unions. It is the second strike on such a scale this year.
Judges including Andres Martinez Arrieta of the Supreme Court said in a joint statement: “We are calling for essential reforms needed so that the courts can properly fulfil the constitutional function that corresponds to them.”
The Ministry of Justice issued a statement which only confirmed that almost 19 per cent of staff had taken part in the walkout.
Those on strike said they wanted the government to strengthen judicial independence, modernise its administration and improve working conditions.
The strikers have staged walkouts for the second time because talks with the government earlier this year failed to secure changes, unions said.

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