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The unions just don't get it... All of the EU has to get back to reality.

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By DANIEL WOOLLS, Associated Press Writer Daniel Woolls, Associated Press Writer 56 mins ago.

MADRID Spain's Socialist government warned Monday it will impose labor market reforms if unions and management fail to agree on changes needed for Spain to resurrect its economy and reassure markets worried about the country's ability to show growth and pay off debt.

The labor market talks have taken on new urgency with Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero under pressure from the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and even President Barack Obama to take bold action and ward off a Greek-style debt crisis that would further hurt the euro.

Two ministers warned the government will give unions and management a few more days, then act decisively if needed. Hours later, another round of talks ended inconclusively.

Unions have said that if such a unilateral government decree goes against the interests of workers, they will call a general strike, adding to problems faced by the Socialist government, which last week won passage of a key austerity package by only one vote in Parliament.

And how did that work for Greece? What about OMG if this get to America?

Monday had been the deadline for a deal. Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian said the government will be flexible but wants an answer this week or "will have to act on its own."

"Rest assured, if those talks ultimately do not produce the results we all want, the government is going to implement labor market reforms over the very short term," Finance Minster Elena Salgado told a business forum.

Many economists criticize Spanish labor law as excessively rigid, discouraging employers from hiring, which is what Spain needs desperately now. In the first quarter of this year, Spain limped out of nearly two years of recession with a jobless rate of just over 20 percent, the highest in the 16-nation euro zone.

Most workers now are entitled to severance pay of 45 days per year if they are laid off one of the highest levels in Europe and the main bone of contention in the talks between Spanish unions and the country's main business federation.

Businesses say that kind of expense makes them wary of hiring, and thus they often resort to temporary, fixed-term contracts that cost them nothing in severance pay.

Indeed, a full third of the Spanish work force has this kind of contracts a proportion also very high by European standards_ and most of the people laid off in Spain during the recession had them. The government wants the current talks to limit such contracts so people have more job security and the labor market is not so volatile if the economy tanks.

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Spain's 'lazy' young told by judges to get a life
Thu, 18 May 2017 - A judge rejects a young woman's demand to continue receiving her parents' financial support.
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At what age should the bank of mum and dad shut its doors to a son or daughter? In northern Spain, a judge has turned down the demand of a 23-year-old woman to continue receiving her parents' financial support, ruling that she is "too lazy to earn a living". Family bonds are traditionally highly valued in Spain and this decision marks a contrast with many previous rulings in which parents have been obliged to support their offspring long after they become adults, and even into their 30s.


Spain's crippling economic crisis has caused youth unemployment to soar, meaning most young people rely on their parents for many years after leaving school. The average age at which Spaniards leave home has risen to 29, almost nine years later than the average Swede, according to Eurostat. The unnamed 23 year old, from the seaside town of Castro Urdiales, went to the Cantabrian provincial court to demand maintenance of 300 a month (255; $330) from her father.

Why it's all about behaviour

The woman's parents had separated in 2012 and there had been no mention of child support in their settlement. The court noted that the woman had not completed secondary education but she had received money from her parents to pay for IT courses that she had not managed to complete. Legal precedent in Spain holds that parents are obliged to provide for their children until they reach economic independence. But the judges ruled that this responsibility does not apply if the child's behaviour prevents them from getting on in life. In this instance, the woman's conduct was "legally classifiable as one of abandonment, laziness and failure to take advantage".


In a similar vein, a court in Catalonia last year told a 19 year old, who was neither in work nor studying, that his parents were not obliged to support his "capricious lifestyle", effectively booting him on to the street. The president of the Spanish family law association, Maria Dolores Lozano, says parents are increasingly seeking legal help. Judges are also drawing attention to the large numbers of young Spaniards who have moved abroad to find work, when they consider whether or not a child has options to support themselves, she adds.

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