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5 articles of this author have been cited in the European Press Review so far. - Spain | 26/10/2015

Subsistence wages make Zara boss a billionaire

With a net worth of 70.9 billion euros, Spanish entrepreneur Amancio Ortega (Zara, Inditex) was temporarily the richest man in the world on Friday before falling behind Bill Gates once more, according to the Forbes list. Journalist Antón Losada attacks the textile magnate directly on the left-wing website, criticising his business model: "Setting up cheap production in countries where earning starvation wages is better than nothing at all so that you can sell your products at even lower prices than the rest is neither a great invention nor a revolutionary innovation. In the same way, the price of coal was kept low during the Industrial Revolution by employing children to reduce costs. … Factories where workers slave away in suffocating conditions for long hours and subsistence wages are a very old model. We all know that: you and the millions of customers who buy your oh-so-cool and cheap clothing." - Spain | 07/07/2014

Madrid cheating with job offensive

The Spanish government passed a law on youth unemployment on Friday under which it undertakes to pay the brunt of the additional labour costs for the first six months when a firm recruits a young unemployed person. The left-leaning online paper sees the measure as a scam: "In theory the jobs in question are to be permanent appointments. But if the young people are dismissed after six months when the subsidies end employers don't have to pay a single euro back. A good deal: we pay the employer [with our tax money] to give us work. In return the employer gets workers at cost price who have no rights but the right to work and keep their mouths shut, and the government can fabricate new and nicer looking statistics a couple of months before the elections. We're the only losers." - Spain | 17/02/2014

Dead refugees are Spain's shame

The number of refugees who died trying to swim to Ceuta at the beginning of February continues to rise. According to media reports, at least 15 people died. The left-leaning online newspaper publishes a caustic commentary titled "15 Little Blacks": "When 200 people try to cross a border by swimming across the sea amidst rubber bullets and warning shots, and the border police then hesitates to rescue them, the death of fifteen people is no accident. It is an inhumane act which borders on the criminal. And we don't need to be admonished by Europe, a continent full of hypocritical governments that only voice outrage at the deaths of other countries' immigrants. Spain as a whole should bury its head in shame." - Spain | 07/11/2013

Hospitals more important than football clubs

The conservative government of Valencia in eastern Spain announced the closure of the regional public broadcaster Canal 9 on Tuesday. Austerity is being used as a pretext for neoliberal policies, Antón Losada writes angrily on the blog of online newspaper "Valencia's president Fabra demagogically claims that he prefers to spend the 110 million euros Canal 9 receives on hospitals and schools. But he didn't say anything about the 81 million that are spent on keeping Valencia FC alive, or the 300 million buried in Formula 1 races. The same thing happens when [Spanish Education Minister] Wert cuts 50 million euros in Erasmus grants and spends 70 million euros on subsidising private schools. ... These are ideological decisions. There's never enough money for public institutions - whether its television, education or healthcare. But there's always enough for the private sector." - Spain | 21/10/2013

Spain flogs off its workforce

The Spanish share index, the Ibex, took a leap on Friday, closing at 9.999 points. "Spain is experiencing a fantastic moment; the money is pouring in from everywhere," commented the boss of Santander Bank Emilio Botin, ecstatically contemplating imminent recovery. Antón Losada examines the downsides of this development in the online paper's Zona Crítica blog: Botin's remark "produced a few smiles and some indignant comments. Yet he's absolutely right. The money is returning to Spain. It would be dumb not to. And money is neither crazy nor dumb. Having made a huge effort and massive sacrifices we have finally become the big bargain in the global economy. We're a junk shop that's open 24/7. After implementing the labour reform we can now offer one of the world's best educated workforces for next to nothing. Deprived of even the most basic rights that fair wage negotiations can offer, the Spanish worker now has the choice: either work or kick the bucket."

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