Spanish Civil Servants Protest Wage Cuts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADRID (AP) -- Spanish civil servants are taking to the streets to protest their second wave of wage cuts in as many years, as the government prepared to approve austerity measures that include those reductions as part of a plan to save (euro) 65 billion through 2015.
Several hundred workers left the complex of government ministries in Madrid and blocked traffic briefly Friday.
In the eastern city of Valencia, several hundred Justice Ministry workers shouted "hands up, this is a stick-up" at a protest rally.
The civil servants -- who saw their wages cut 5 percent on average in 2010 in the first round of austerity cuts-- are usually paid 14 times a year. The government is proposing to axe a payment normally made just before Christmas.

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