Despite the nationwide general strike being held in Spain today, business carried on pretty much as normal in Nerja. According to the town hall, practically all their employees turned up for work today, with all services being provided as normal, from the rubbish collection to education. The town hall itself opened its doors for business at 7.30am as normal, the tourist information office, the Nerja Caves and the Museum were also all open.

Most shops, bars and restaurants were open as normal today, although buses only operated a minimal service. Some flights were cancelled at Malaga airport.

Nationally the unions are claiming that more than 9 million people joined the strike action, a figure that is slightly lower than the 10.4 million claimed to be on strike during the last national strike in March. There have been demonstrations and pickets throughout Spain, with the police reporting that they have arrested 110 people and 40 people have been injured in the course of the strike so far.

The government are claiming that electricity consumption has fallen by nearly 16% compared to the 21% during the last strike and have stated that despite the demonstrations and pickets “all citizens have been able to exercise their rights”.

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