Spain austerity package fuels anger | News | Al Jazeera

Spain austerity package fuels anger

Labour unions threaten general strike after parliament approves austerity measures.

    Spain's unions have threatened to launch a general strike if labour reforms contained in an $18bn austerity package, which parliament passed by one vote on Thursday, are implemented.

    Many fear the spending cuts will exacerbate the country's job crisis, with unemployment running at 20 per cent.

    But Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the country's prime minister, insists that the measures are vital to bring the country's alarming budget deficit under control.

    Tim Friend reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    The State of Lebanon

    The State of Lebanon

    Amid deepening regional rivalries what does the future hold for Lebanon's long established political dynasties?

    Exploited, hated, killed: The lives of African fruit pickers

    Exploited, hated, killed: Italy's African fruit pickers

    Thousands of Africans pick fruit and vegetables for a pittance as supermarkets profit, and face violent abuse.