Spanish judicial and medical workers launched a strike in the capital city of Madrid on Thursday, demanding a pay increase amid rising costs of living.
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According to trade union statistics, up to 20,000 people from across the country participated in the strike.
Many public servants in the judicial system said the declining purchasing power of wages coupled with the fast-rising inflation rate brought by the Russia-Ukraine conflict has forced them to organize strikes and demonstrations to demand a salary increase.
“Now, our living standard is almost stagnant. Prices are going up, but our wages have stagnated,” an employee of the Spanish judicial system said.
“Public servants’ incomes are now less than their expenses, as inflation is affecting every citizen. Many businesses and people pay the price, and the government must take responsibility for this,” another employee of the Spanish judicial system added.