Spain passes labor market reforms to help people with temporary contracts

Spain passes labor market reforms to help people with temporary contracts
Spain passes labor market reforms to help people with temporary contracts

Spain's economy has been a bright spot in the European Union, with more than a decade of nonstop growth, and unemployment is now at a 20-year low of just under 9 percent.

But one of the dark sides of Spain's economic success is that an estimated 5 million workers in Spain have fixed-term contracts that deny them job security or severance pay, Labor Minister Jesus Caldera said Friday. Young people and women are particularly hard-hit.

It is a widespread practice for Spanish employers to give workers one temporary contract after another, rather than sign them on to a permanent one, the AP reports.