Spanish Workers Protest Austerity Plan Many government workers in Spain are staying home Tuesday -- protesting wage cuts and other austerity measures. The government says the cuts are essential.
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Spanish Workers Protest Austerity Plan

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Spanish Workers Protest Austerity Plan

Spanish Workers Protest Austerity Plan

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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

NPR's business news starts with strikes in Spain.

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INSKEEP: Spanish civil servants do not want to be the ones to pay the price of a financial crisis. Many government workers are staying home today. They're protesting wage cuts and other austerity measures. The government says these cuts are essential. Their country is the letter S in the acronym PIGS, which is used to identify four financial troubled European nations: Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain.

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