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04 Mar 2019 | 04:36 AM UTC

Spain: Strike planned for International Women’s Day March 8

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Activists call for women to participate in 24-hour general strike in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8; business disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/4/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/8/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Madrid). COUNTRY/REGION Spain

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The 8M Commission, a feminist organization, is calling for women in Spain to participate in a general strike on Friday, March 8, in honor of International Women's Day. A 24-hour labor and student strike are planned for Friday. Under Spanish law, workers in all sectors are able to participate in a two-hour work stoppage per shift, though some industries may allow for longer strikes. Nationwide business disruptions are expected.

Student groups are planning to stage protests at 12:00 (local time) across Spain, including at the Puerta del Sol in Madrid. Other protests and public demonstrations are also likely; associated disruptions are expected in the event of demonstrations.


International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8. In 2018, an estimated 5.3 million people participated in the strike.


Individuals in Spain are advised to monitor the situation and anticipate public demonstrations, localized transportation disruptions, and significant business and government service disruptions.


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