Spain: A Few Whiffs

One of the fundamental principles of Franco Spain has been that labor and management were both part of one big happy family—and, therefore, that all strikes were illegal. Last week the principle was put to a merciful death. At the instigation of the government, Spain's 601-member national Cortes (Parliament) restored to labor the right to strike for higher wages. "A difference of interests is inevitable," admitted Luis Gomez de Aranda, who pushed the bill through on behalf of the government.

In a sense, the right-to-strike law is only an admission of the facts of life. Spurred by the nation's increased...