Spanish unions call general strike over reforms
10 March 2012 @ 10:46
Spanish labor unions mounted their first big challenge to the country's new government Friday, calling a general strike for March 29 to protest new labor reforms and austerity measures.
The labor reforms, passed by decree last month and confirmed in Parliament Thursday, slash the cost of firing workers and ease conditions under which they can be dismissed. Salaries can be lowered unilaterally, and companies can lay off employees at the cheapest level of severance pay by reporting three straight months of declining revenue.
Workers Commissions and the General Workers Union called the stoppage following separate executive committee meetings.
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