Spain largest unions have called a general strike for September 29 over a planned shake up of labour laws.
The Spanish government is set to approve a new law on Wednesday aimed at making it easier and cheaper to fire workers and streamlining collective wage bargaining.
CCOO union leader Ignacio Fernandez hit out at Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez for dropping a pledge to consult with the unions before putting his draft bill before parliament.
Fernandez said the proposal would “make it easier to fire” workers and lead to an increase in the use of “precarious” short term contracts.
Zapatero has enjoyed cosy relations with Spain’s powerful unions until now.
But investors blame the country’s unemployment rate of 20 percent on the high cost of dismissing staff.
That in turn makes companies reluctant to recruit, encouraging the use of short term contracts with less rights and benefits.