spain-strike-sept-300x165.jpg  General Strike in Spain Protests and strikes are taking place all across the European Union today in protest against governments' cuts to public services In Spain there is a general strike and the BBC reports that there has been mass picketing outside bus and train stations since midnight. The so-called austerity measures in Spain have already cost half a million jobs and unemployment stands at 20%. The cuts are having a devastating effect on education with teachers' salaries cut, cuts in pensions and a rise in the retirement age to 67. In addition the government is moving even further down the road towards privatisation of public services including education. The three main teaching unions FECCO, FETE-UGT and STEs are all mobilising for the strike. The FETE-UGT General Secretary, Carlos López told Educaiton International “On 29 September I am going to strike because I want to show our government that we, the citizens, are not those to blame for this crisis, and we simply should not have to pay for it.” To read more about the Spanish strike go to: http://www.ei-ie.org/en/news/show.php?id=1371&theme=statusofteachers&country=Spain  Meanwhile the European Trades Union Congress (ETUC) has organised a massive demonstration in Brussels against austerity measures. ETUC is hoping ythat 100,000 people will march on the institutions of the European Union (EU) in Brussels today. A spokesperson for ETUC said that 23 million people had already been made unemployed across the EU. He added: "We didn't cause this crisis. The bill has to be paid by banks, not by workers" There are also expected to be protests today in Greece, Poland, Latvia, Serbia, Ireland and the UK amongst others.