About 6,000 building workers attended a rally near Bilbo on Saturday (13 November) and voted to continue their 32-day-old strike.
TRAVEL SHOT: empty construction sites.
GV: partially finished buildings. (2 shots)
GV: building workers at mass meeting in Bilbao. (2 shots)
GV PAN: crowd with umbrellas.
SV: police watching crowd.
GV AND CU: Union representatives speaking.
CU: people listening (3 shots)
GV: workers voting by raising hands.
This strike is separate to the general 24 hour strike staged in Spain on Friday (12 November) to protest against measures taken by the Spanish government to peg wage increases and give firms greater freedom to dismiss workers.
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Background: About 6,000 building workers attended a rally near Bilbo on Saturday (13 November) and voted to continue their 32-day-old strike.
SYNOPSIS: The strike has crippled construction sites throughout the Bilbao area. Union organiser say there are 33,000 men on strike and that no work will be down until the strikers' demands are met.
The rally took place at Baracaldo, some five miles (8 kilometres) from Bilbao. Union officials have presented building companies with list of ten demands on behalf of the men. The main points on their list are: a pay rise equalling about 80 pounds sterling a month, a 40-hour week, income taxes to be paid by the construction companies and the right to elect their own union officials.
At the rally an offer of a 20 pound sterling a month increase was put to the men, who voted against it.