Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Thirty-two percent of teachers in the region of Madrid struck today, according to the regional education department, while the Comisiones Obreras union said the figure was 71 percent.
Teachers protested for the fourth time in two weeks against a two-hour increase in their weekly classroom time and cuts to temporary staff. Madrid is governed by the People’s Party, which is in opposition nationally and leading Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s Socialists in polls before the Nov. 20 vote.
Protests against cuts to education budgets have also taken place since the school year started in regions including Galicia and Castilla-La Mancha, where PP deputy leader Maria Dolores de Cospedal won in May after three decades of Socialist rule.
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