Spain's labour unions have threatened to launch a general strike if labour reforms contained in the $18bn austerity package, which the parliament passed on Thursday, are implemented.
Many fear the spending cuts will exacerbate the country's job situation, which suffers from a 20 per cent unemployment rate.
But Jose Luis Rodreguez Zapatero, the country's prime minister, insists that the measures are vital to bring under control the country's alarming budget deficit.
Al Jazeera's Tim Friend reports.
[May 27, 2010]