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Pensioners in Gran Canaria and Tenerife Protest

Pensioners in Gran Canaria and Tenerife Protest

The coordinator of the group known as Defence of Pensions this week arranged for 100 Spanish cities to hold protests and demonstrations to raise the plight of pensioners in society. In the Canary Islands, hundreds of people took to the streets in La Laguna in Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to ask for support from local residents in their struggle to preserve the public pension system.

Their requests for support were intended to remind Canarian society that the pensioners’ demands are everyone’s business. In commenting on current political news about the central Government of Spain, these protestors say that a motion of censure of Rajoy is not enough for this group of people. These protestors were calling for early national elections.

Placards highlighted the problems faced by pensioners in Spain, such as loss of purchasing power that leaves them helpless. They also ask for the repeal of reforms in the labour market, which they claim have led to unstable employment opportunities for young people.

This group has been raising concerns in Gran Canaria for the last 15 months on proposals to promote private pension funds, which is described as privatisation of the public pension system. These demonstrations and protests will be repeated in these 100 Spanish cities in June.

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