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Spanish unions said 10 million people, or more than half the workforce, had joined the action and claimed the first general strike in eight years was an “unquestionable success”.

Bus and train services were drastically reduced in Spain’s main cities as protesters targeted transport hubs to complain at cuts in public sector pay and labour reforms that have made it cheaper and easier to dismiss workers.

Long queues were seen at bus stops in the capital as those commuters choosing not to strike battled to get to work using reduced transport services. Eighty percent of Spain’s high-speed train trips were canceled, all mid-distance were scrapped and only 25 percent of commuter trains were running.


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