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Espagne Spanish PM rules out pact with unions to combat unemployment

Economie et Finances

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday said a pact between the government and trade unions to help combat unemployment in Spain was "unlikely."

Rajoy made the remarks after he had met with representatives of the unions and employers' organizations at his official residence in the Palacio de la Moncloa.

Candido Mendez, general secretary of the Union General de Trabajadores (UGT) and Ignacio Fernandez Toxo, leader of Comisiones Obreras (CC.OO) produced at the meeting a 16-page document with proposals on how to deal with Spain's unemployed population which now stands at 6.2 million. Over 50 percent of the country's youths are without a job.

Mendez and Toxo had previously sent a letter to Rajoy on April 9, demanding a social and political pact to help revitalize the ailing Spanish economy which, according to the government, would continue in recession throughout 2013.

The meeting was also attended by Joan Rosell, president of the employers' organization CEOE and Jesus Teiciado, president of CEPYME which represents small and medium sized companies.

While ruling out a social pact, Rajoy said working parties would look at some points proposed by the unions so that "the most vulnerable sectors of society can face up to the critical conditions of unemployment."

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