Spain in plan to legalise immigrant work
14 September 2004, MADRID – Immigrants who can demonstrate they have a reliable offer of employment and a contract of employment for at least a year will be granted legal permission to work, it was reported Tuesday.
14 September 2004
MADRID – Immigrants who can demonstrate they have a reliable offer of employment and a contract of employment for at least a year will be granted legal permission to work, it was reported Tuesday.
Jesus Caldera, minister for Work and Social Affairs, said the government will offer legal status to workers who are currently "without papers" if they could show they had been in the country for a "sufficient time".
Immigrants would also have to pay social security to qualify for the work permit.
The proposals are part of the Socialists' plans to bring thousands of illegal immigrants into the state system and end the 'black economy' in which many foreigners work.
The government claims it will end work uncertainty for many hundreds of thousands of workers.
But opposition Popular Party employment spokesman, Maria Angeles Munoz, said the Socialists' proposals were "taking the mickey".
He added that the opposition had not had a chance to study the plan "thoroughly".
Caldera presented the plan to the Spanish parliament.
He added that it should "open dialogue" on the issue.
The Socialists had promised to stabilise the work market in Spain, in which 30 percent of all workers have short-term contracts.
Many thousands of immigrant workers do not have any contracts.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news