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Spaniards protest over new labour laws

Spaniards protest over new labour laws
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People in 60 cities across Spain took to the streets on Sunday to protest against new labour laws that make it easier to fire employees.

The demonstrations were organised by Spain’s main trade unions at a time when the country already has the highest unemployment rate in the euro zone at close to 23 per cent.

One demonstrator, Marta Lois, said: “Why are we protesting? Because they are cutting our rights like never before. It has taken so many years to get here, and suddenly they take it all away, just like that. Plus, this is a reform that is not going to create jobs, so it is not even justified.”

Reforms passed last month will reduce the cost of putting people out of work and make conditions for letting employees go easier.

Unions are calling for a general strike on March 29.

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