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Spaniards Rally outside Parliament

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TEHRAN, June 9 (ICANA) – Hundreds of anti-government protesters have gathered in front of the country's parliament to express opposition to plans over the collective bargaining system.
Thursday, June 09, 2011 8:56:15 PM
Spaniards Rally outside Parliament

Despite widespread demonstrations against the government's economic plans, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said his government would approve the reforms by June 10, AFP reported on Wednesday.

In an attempt to revive the economy, unions and employers have held negotiations to reform the collective bargaining system but have not yet reached a deal.

Anti-government protesters said that the bill does not highlight any of the employer obligations and therefore grants more power to employers.

Further, the bargaining system includes industry-wide agreements that cannot be modified.

"We are here because they are going to approve a law that gives all the power to employers," said Luis Fernandez, a 21-year-old student.

Protesters tried to enter the parliament building but were stopped by the police.

They also took out their house keys and shouted “these are the keys to my parents,” to show the government how many are still forced to live at their parents' home due to the country's high unemployment.

In the first quarter of 2011, Spain experienced 21.29 percent unemployment, which is the highest in the industrialized world.

Anti-government demonstrations in Spain have begun since May 15 and the protesters have set up camps in major cities.

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