Spain - Flexicurity nightmare for short-term worker - March 31, 2016

The labour market reform adopted in 2012 has increased labour market flexibility but also led to a growth in ‘precarious work’. The reform created a new open-ended contract which can be used by small and medium sized businesses for employees who are under the age of 30 which allows dismissals without justification during the first year of employment. It drastically reduced the amount of compensation that must be paid when workers are let go and allows for collective dismissals, even when a firm is not facing economic difficulties. The reform weakens workers’ rights, such as a prohibition on unilaterally changing work conditions. Four years later the reform - which triggered a general strike - remains controversial.

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