Ferrol - Urban History
Democracy
Demonstration during the General Strike, in España Square (1992)

The globalization of the Spanish economy would reveal that the enclave economic model the city had used during Franco's regime was no longer viable. Spain's entry into the European Economic Community meant that the Spanish - Socialist - government implemented throughout the 1980s a programme of rationalization of the shipbuilding industry which had a major impact on Ferrol's shipyards. The admission of Spain into NATO also caused a profound reorganization of the Navy and the Army, and a significant reduction in the number of armed forces in the city. Ferrol lost 10 per cent of its population in just under a decade. The trade unions and citizens' associations constantly called strikes and demonstrations, distancing themselves from the Socialist Party, that combined local and national government.

Confederación Intersindical Galega (CIG)
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