Thursday, October 21, 2010

Money spent on Pope visit should be used for free public transport for unemployed instead

A Spanish public transport union announced Wednesday a one-day strike to coincide with the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Barcelona next month to protest public spending on the trip.

The pope is to visit the city, capital of the northeastern region of Catalonia, on November 7 to consecrate the famous Sagrada Familia cathedral, a world heritage site.

The public transport section of the CGT union said it "is calling a strike against the spending of public money during the visit of the pope."

This money should instead fund free public transport for the Catalan unemployed, it said in a statement.

The 24-hour strike was called for November 7, the same day of the pope's visit.

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