Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Unemployed to help with clean-up after fires

MADRID (Agencies) The unemployed in Spain will be drafted to clean up the remains of brush and forest fires that have destroyed some 180,000 hectares of land throughout the country. If they refuse, they are likely to lose at least three months of their unemployment benefits. The emergency measure was approved by the Cabinet and announced by Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, who also said that it applied only to those on the Plan Prepara programme, a government subsidy for the long term jobless whose benefits have run out.

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