Spain passes key labor reform after opposition deputy voting error

Madrid, Feb 4 (EFE).- The Spanish government on Thursday managed to pass a landmark labor reform with a majority of just one vote after a member of the opposition party accidentally voted in favor of the reform.

The legislation, that aims to end rampant job instability in Spain, narrowly passed in a 175-174 vote.

But Alberto Casero, member of the Popular Party which stood in opposition to the reform, on Friday insisted that he had voted no and that it was a “computer error”.

“When I did the telematic vote, which was a NO, I noticed that the certificate issued by the House did not correspond to my vote and a YES appeared on the screen,” he wrote in a letter addressed to the Congress of Deputies.

Casero said he tried to warn the president of the House before the vote was announced but received no response.

He added that his right to vote in person had been violated after the House “prevented” him from voting in person.

Leader of PP Pablo Casado said his party would challenge the legislation in the Constitutional Court.

The labor reform grants more powers to labor unions in contract negotiations and lowers the number of Spanish workers on temporary contracts. EFE


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