Spain faces general strike

Spain was last night braced for a general strike but analysts hope turnout will be low as the country continues to wrestle with its mammoth budget deficit. The mass walk-out is planned for Wednesday but many Spaniards support the austerity measures and are likely to ignore the unions. A poll showed only 18 per cent of the workforce are in favour of the strike. Moreover, 71 per cent of those polled did not believe the strike would alter government policy over radical belt tightening measures.