After he failed to reach an agreement with union leaders, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti vowed to launch a plan that would facilitate labor firing rules.

He said negotiations were purely consultative, adding that he want to end this issue by the coming week. The CGIL was the only union to refuse Monti's overhaul which aimed at expanding jobless benefits, cutting temporary work contracts and easing firing rules.

Italian Labor Minister Elsa Fornero said firing employees without a convenient reason will remain illegal.