Spain’s parliament is expected to ratify labour reforms later today, a key part of the government’s plans to get the country back on the road to economic recovery.
The vote is expected to pose less of a problem than last month’s 15 billion euro austerity bill. It scraped through parliament by just one vote, narrowly avoiding a vote of no-confidence for the Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
Unlike then, this time parliament will be able to debate and pass amendments.
Leire Pajin, secretaire d’organisation du Parti Socialiste said:
“I’m convinced that there are political forces who want to work side by side with the government, with whom we can improve this law and find a consensus to benefit the majority of this country.”
Among the reforms are measures to make it easier to sack employees; the system’s one of the most costly in the developed world. Contracts are to be simplified and youth employment promoted.
Trade unions are strongly opposed to the planned reforms and have called a general strike for the end of September.