Spain Austerity Package Fuels Anger

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.