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Spain – Strikes expected over new labour reforms

01 February 2012

The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy expects forthcoming labour reforms in Spain to incite strikes among workers, the El Economista reported. This comes after a “salary moderation scheme”, agreed between the Working Commissions (CC.OO.) and the Workers General Union (UGT), will see a reduction of pay and a supposedly increase of internal flexibility for some workers. 

The reforms are designed to boost the economy and create more jobs, especially for women and the younger generation. But opponents argue the labour reforms will encourage more temporary and part-time work. This is due to the Government planning to lift certain restrictions for temporary employment agencies, which will allow temporary employees to enter the public sector in the future.   

The Government plans to approve the labour reforms on 10 February. 


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