May 29, 2010 / 11:51 AM / 10 years ago

Spain labour reform deadline extended one week

MADRID (Reuters) - The deadline for Spain’s talks with unions and business representatives on a much-anticipated labour market reform has been extended another week from the end of May, the Labour Ministry confirmed on Saturday.

The government had said if it cannot reach a deal on streamlining the labour market through a three-way agreement by the end of the month, it would pass a bill unilaterally.

The trilateral talks have stumbled over conflicting interests between Spain’s recession-hit companies, calling for more flexible hiring and firing laws, and the unions, defending worker rights as unemployment hits 20 percent.

The reform talks are continuing over this weekend.

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