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Nov. 22, 1919.
The Medical Strike of Jerez de la Frontera
The town of Jerez de la Frontera, which has a world reputation on account of its famous wines, has just witnessed the first general strike of physicians. This strike originated because the municipal authorities, disregarding all statutory provisions and trusting to political influence, failed to keep their pledges, and the salaries due the employees finally amounted to 1,000,000 pesetas (about $200,000). When the physicians became tired of seeing that, in this period of better compensation for labor, they were the only ones who could not bring home the wages they had earned, they unanimously decided to go out on strike. The mayor and the members of the town council were very indignant at this action, their arguments running somewhat as follows: "It is very strange that the physicians should be so rebellious, and especially now, when the town council
MADRID. JAMA. 1919;73(26):1950. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610520040024