The Spanish government is considering introducing measures to stop employers using early retirement as a way of cutting jobs in the current climate. The Labour Minister has called on firms to use early retirement only as a last resort when contemplating redundancies. He is considering imposing fines on those employers which force workers under the age of 50 to retire.

The government is concerned about the financial strain that is being placed on the social security system at a time when it is actively encouraging workers to work for longer. It has said that it will consult with employer and trade union bodies before making any legislative changes.