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Spanish minister defends labour reforms
13 February 2012 @ 14:04

Spanish Labour Minister Fatima Banez defended the conservative government's labour reforms on Sunday after unions called for mass protests over the measures, which they say will destroy jobs.

"These are reforms that will increase flexibility so that, faced with difficulties, businesses can adapt to the economic reality and so that lay-offs can be a measure of last resort," she said in an interview with the ABC daily.

"Obviously, the rights of workers will remain intact," she said, adding that she hoped the reforms would put the brakes on the "haemorrhaging" labour market.

The interview came a day after Spain's two biggest unions called for nationwide protests on February 19 to protest the reforms that they say will destroy jobs.

Spain's conservative government on Friday slashed employees' maximum severance pay as part of sweeping labour reforms to confront a jobless rate of nearly 23 percent. Youth unemployment stands at nearly 50 percent.

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Mike in Spain said:
18 February 2012 @ 15:26

The government needs to make it easier and cheaper for small companies to employ people... until the politians get that into their heads then things will only get worse here. Unemployment in Spain is higher than Greece as of the start of 2012, no real support for unemployed people, corrupt politicians getting rich from tax payers money, police and town halls persecuting people for every cent they can get out of them..... the fuse is still burning, how long will it burn before it gets to the keg?


Andrew said:
18 February 2012 @ 19:00

Does anyone know what the maximum severence pay was cut to?


Barry said:
20 February 2012 @ 17:04

FORM 45 DAYS TO 33 DAY

HOWEVER,, IF AS COMOANY OR EMPLOYER CAN SHOW THAT IT HAS LOST MONEY FOR THE PREVIOUS 10 MONTHS, THEN THE MAXIMUM IS REDUCED TO 20 DAYS PAY PER YEAR!!


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