Spain’s Labour Unions Back Madrid 2020

May 14, 2013

The leaders of Spain’s two most important labour unions have publicly backed the Madrid 2020 Olympic Games bid.

Union General de Trabajadores (UGT) and Comisiones Obreras (CC.OO) met the Chairman of the Madrid 2020 and the President of the Spanish Olympic Committee, Alejandro Blanco and will now set-up a commission to see how many jobs the Games would create.

Candido Mendez and Fernandez Toxo head the two unions and Mendez said: “We support the bid because of the international and worldwide projection it means for our country and even more so in a moment in which Spain’s image is being damaged by different events.

“The Games should be a catalyst for growth and as things are now, there are signs that Spain could be in a very complicated situation in terms of unemployment until 2018.”

Toxo added: “It should be a project for all of the country and one which has the backing of Spanish society.

“Spain needs something to give an impulse to the economy.”