Protestors in Portugal on Friday Hundreds of thousands of people including many teachers took to the streets in Spain and Portugal last week In Spain, the right wing government of  Mariano Rajoy is planning to cut $80 billion through public sector salary cuts and tax rises. A new package of cuts is to be announced later this week. Like governments across the world, the Spanish and Portuguese governments are attempting to solve the economic crisis at the expense of public services, claiming that this will generate jobs and lead to recovery. In fact the reverse is the case - Spain for example has 50% youth unemployment and almost 25% unemployment amongst the general population - the highest in Europe. Many Spanish teachers have lost their jobs as a result of massive cuts in education budgets. In the province of Andalucia, which saw a 21% cut, 4000 teachers have lost their jobs. Meanwhile those teachers still in work are expected to work longer hours, teaching larger classes. Education in Spain has already been cut to the bone. Last year saw protests by high school students in Valencia who were forced to  take blankets to school because there was no money for heating oil. In Portugal public sector salaries have been cut and the government proposed that workers  pay higher social security contributions - an increase from 11% at present to 18% - the equivalent of a month's wages. Employers' contributions will be cut. Protestors threw tomatoes and fireworks at the offices of the International Monetary Fund, who with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund make up the so-called Troika which is pushing for these measures. As a result of the protests, the Portuguese government decided on Saturday night to enter into negotiations with unions and employers to find an alternative to the social security hike.