22 September 2002
According to information published in summer 2002, there was some progress in the treatment of equal opportunities between men and women and reconciling work and family life in collective bargaining in Spain in 2001. In particular, new legal regulations on reconciling work and family life were implemented and in some cases improved upon. Though the collective agreements dealing with these subjects are still few, they may reflect a more profound change in awareness of these issues.
25 June 2002
This feature examines social partner involvement in Spain's 2002 National Action Plan (NAP) for employment. It is one of a set of similar features for all the EU Member States, written in response to a questionnaire.
27 December 2000
2000 was marked by the overwhelming victory of the centre-right People's Party (Partido Popular, PP) in the general elections held in March. After having governed previously as minority government with the support of the conservative nationalist parties from Catalonia and the Basque Country, PP obtained an large absolute majority that will allow it to govern until 2004 without having to rely on other parties.
27 September 2000
In June 2000, Spain's consultative Economic and Social Council, on which the social partners are represented, approved a report which presents a critical analysis of the country's process of economic and social decentralisation. In particular, it questions the creation of separate frameworks for industrial relations in the autonomous communities (regions).
27 August 2000
In June 2000, local authorities and social partners in Spain's Vallès Occidental region drew up a positive assessment of the employment pact they signed in 1997, as part of the EU Territorial Employment Pacts initiative, and of the accompanying action programme for 1998 and 1999. The parties ratified their commitment to cooperate by signing a new action programme for the next four years.
27 July 2000
In June 2000, the Spanish government decided to authorise the semi-public mutual insurance societies to take the decision on whether to grant employees sick leave for common illnesses, which was up to now the exclusive responsibility of the public health system. The trade unions have expressed their total rejection of the measure, which they consider to be an attack on the social protection system and a step toward the privatisation of the health service. Due to the controversy that this has raised, the government seems willing to reconsider its decision.
27 September 1999
In 1998, working time was a major topic of debate among Spain's social partners. However, statistics on 1998's collective bargaining on working hours, published by the Economic and Social Council in summer 1999, reveal no great surprises and a few contradictory tendencies.
27 July 1999
A reform of the rules on overtime working has been pending in Spain since the social partners and the government made a commitment in this area in 1997. However, there has still been little progress, with the 1999 National Action Plan on employment, issued in May 1999, containing no measures to reduce and reorganise working time.
27 May 1999
The first Catalan congress of small and medium-sized enterprises, organised by the regional employers' association Fomento del Trabajo Nacional, concluded on 5 May 1999. The result was a series of proposals designed to promote the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, with special emphasis on labour and fiscal measures.
27 May 1999
A general strike was held in the Basque Country on 21 May 1999, with the purpose of calling for a 35-hour working week. The strike was initially called by the nationalist trade unions ELA and LAB, but they were later joined by Spain's national UGT and CC.OO confederations.