Protests across Spain at new government’s employment reforms

The new conservative government in Spain unveiled employment reforms on 10 February, and although some will say that they are long overdue, others are saying that they will destroy jobs rather than create them. The measures cut severance pay and give employers more flexibility over firing staff: there will now be a payment of 33 days’ salary for each year worked, compared with the previous 45 days.

Whether this will help the economy and/or the unemployment crisis or not is perhaps little better than a guess right now, but whichever position turns out to be correct, there are huge protests across the whole of Spain about them, and the story has made the BBC HERE. Local press is reporting that between 2,500 and 8,000 protestors have marched through Santa Cruz, depending on whether one credits the figures from the unions or the police.

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