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Jobless to be drafted in to clear burnt land

Source: El Pais - Fri 7th Sep 2012
Jobless to be drafted in to clear burnt land

Unemployed Spaniards will be drafted in to help clear up brush and replant forest land that has been destroyed by wildfires. And if they refuse, they may lose their state jobless payments.

The new rule, approved on Friday by the Cabinet, is an emergency measure aimed at dealing with the fallout from the rash of forest fires this summer.

Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría said that the only people who will be called up are those on the Plan Prepara program, the government's safety net subsidy for long-term jobless whose benefits have run out. They will not be asked to help put out fires. Those who refuse may lose up to three months of benefit payments.

This year has seen around 180,000 hectares of land in Spain destroyed by fires, which have also claimed nine lives.

Comment on this Story

 
I think that this a perfectly reasonable suggestion, although personally, I would have put prisoners at the top the list of those being drafted into mandatory duties like this.
Chris Shaw - Sat, 8th Sep 2012