madrid.jpg  Trade Unionists Protesting against Cuts in Madrid this Spring Spanish teachers are to join other public servants in a series of protests starting on May 20th and a strike on June 2nd to protest against public spending cuts and proposed pay cuts Some teachers are among the lowest paid public servants - according to a report on the Think Spain website teachers in adult education institutes can earn as little as $500 a month for teaching a 15 hour week. The spanish government has announced a 5% pay cut for all the country's 2.7 million public servants. The move is designed to avert a major crisis brought on by the world economic crisis. As well as cutting public sector pay the government is going to suspend automatic inflation-adjustments for retirement pensions, decrease overseas aid, cut €6 billion ($7.6 billion) from government spending in 2010-11 and eliminate next year  a €2,500 ($3,145) tax break for couples that have babies or adopt a child. All these measure will hit dosproportionately the poorer members of the community who bear no responsibility for the crisis. Spain has the highest unemployment rate in the European Union at 20%. These struggles are being duplicated all over the world (see previous posts) Needless to say the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has professed itself 'delighted' with the Spanish government's plans to make public services and the poor pay for the economic crisis.