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VOX Trade-Union May Day Demonstration

VOX-affiliated trade union Solidaridad organized several demonstrations across Spain during the 1st of May, laying claim to working-class interests and the struggles of organized labor. 

“What have [established] trade-unions accomplished? They brag about the triumphs of the working class? What triumphs?”

So spoke the group’s Secretary-General, Rodrigo Alonso. He delivered his speech from Cadiz, a city in Andalusia, the region hardest-hit by unemployment.

Alonso went on to highlight that historically-established unions (most of which are still nominally Marxist and anarcho-syndicalist) have received generous subsidies from both right and left-wing governments. 

“All those millions of euros they’ve received from the government—Is it hush money? Doesn’t it feel that they’ve been bought?”

But it isn’t just government and trade-unions that Solidaridad is pointing to as responsible for wantonly eroding working-class purchasing power and quality of life—globalist, financial elites and Brussels bureaucrats were likewise called out, to the general ire of those assembled. 

In the face of these powerful interests, “we don’t care whether workers think they’re left-wing or right-wing—we recognize their struggle, their daily sacrifices,” declared Alonso. 

Thus the event’s slogan, ¡Reconquistarlo todo! “Reconquer Everything.” He closed his speech: 

Reconquer decent wages. Reconquer energy, food and industrial sovereignty. Reconquer our borders. Reconquer the unity of Spain, ending the separatist threat … Reconquer our dignity as working people, unwilling to be trampled on by employers, multinationals, predatory lending, or politicians and their progressive consensus. Reconquer our dignity as a people. It’s time to reconquer it all. And as always, the best words with which to finish, workers: long live Spain!

Carlos Perona Calvete is a writer for The European Conservative. He has a background in International Relations and Organizational Behavior, has worked in the field of European project management, and is currently awaiting publication of a book in which he explores the metaphysics of political representation.