Grandparents Urged to Go on Strike in Spain

Union wants to prove a point about child care
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2010 3:39 PM CDT
Grandparents Urged to Go on Strike in Spain
A workers' union in Spain thinks grandparents are overworked.   (Shutterstock)

A Spanish workers' union is calling on grandparents to strike from caring for their grandchildren, the Guardian reports. UGT wants to highlight how many working families get necessary child care in the absence of government help—by getting grandma and grandpa to watch the kids. "We want grandparents to strike to prove they are a key part of the way this country functions," says a union leader.

Half of all grandparents in the country are said to watch their grandkids every day. Burdened by long workdays (because of long lunch breaks), it's not unusual for parents to leave the kids for the entire week. But how many will take part in Wednesday's strike? "What do they think we are going to do with (our grandchildren)?" asks one grandma. "Do they want us to dump them in the street?" (Read more Spain stories.)

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