Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, today (Tuesday 21 August) called on the Spanish government to investigate ‘unacceptable’ actions during a Jusapol protest at the frontier of Gibraltar last week which was supported by members of the far right Vox party.

During the events on 15 August Spanish right wing nationalists and some off-duty police officers interrupted the frontier flow and allegedly harassed and assaulted citizens.

Unite is calling on the Spanish government to fully investigate and that disciplinary action be taken against individuals who abused their position as law enforcement officers. 

Commenting on Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “What happened at the frontier of Gibraltar, particularly the alleged assault against an innocent member of the public, is utterly unacceptable. We call on the Spanish government to investigate the incident, examine CCTV footage and deal properly with those responsible.

“At this highly sensitive time it is more important than ever to remain vigilant and resolute in the struggle against the forces of right wing nationalism which seek to sow hatred and division. 

“Unite warmly welcomes the statement of condemnation from our sister union Comisiones Obreras. We will continue to work with all of our sister unions in the region to make sure that the interests of workers remain paramount in these testing times.”


For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.