15 februar 2009
The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions has commissioned a research project to analyse the impact of flexible employment policies and human resources management on working conditions at the corporate level. Research institutes of seven countries participate in this project. For each country two or three cases are studied of organisations applying different flexible employment solutions. The seven countries are: Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands and The United Kingdom.
29 januar 2006
Following lengthy negotiations and workforce mobilisations, in December 2005 Spain's SEAT motor company signed an agreement with the UGT and CC.OO trade unions that aims to tackle current problems at the firm though various measures, including the redundancy of 660 workers out of a workforce of some 13,000. The signatories see the deal as a comprise to avoid greater evils. However, the agreement has proved controversial.
10 oktober 2005
The Spanish motor industry has been threatened with restructuring for some time because of the unfavourable evolution of the market or the possibility of relocating production. These factors threaten employment stability and lead to pressure to reduce wage costs.
24 april 2005
February 2005 saw the conclusion of a 'strategic agreement for the internationalisation, employment quality and competitiveness of the Catalan economy' by the Catalan regional government and regional social partners. The agreement sets out a wide range of commitments that have the dual aim of modernising the industrial fabric and increasing social cohesion. The topics covered include improvements in training, active employment policies and the social dialogue in Catalonia.
18 april 2005
This article gives a brief overview of collective bargaining on changes in work organisation in Spain, as of September 2004. It looks at: the extent to which collective agreements introduce changes in work organisation that take into account productivity demands, flexibility and security in an integrated way; the main areas in which changes are being introduced; the overall success or otherwise of bargaining on the topic; and the prospects for the future.
07 juni 2004
The Information Centre for Foreign Workers (CITE), set up by the CC.OO trade union confederation, is the leading organisation specialised in advising immigrants in Catalonia. Its 2003 annual report provides valuable information on the characteristics of immigrants, their legal situation and their employment situation.
03 februar 2002
In mid-December 2001, after lengthy negotiations, Spain's central trade union confederations and employers' organisations concluded an 'Agreement for collective bargaining 2002'. The deal lays down guidelines and criteria for lower-level bargaining in 2002, including pay increases linked to inflation and productivity gains, and a focus on employment and health and safety.
27 marts 1999
A number of agreements on "good employment practices" signed in Spanish companies indicate a new direction in the 1998/9 collective bargaining round. The main features of these agreements are job creation and secure employment in exchange for wage moderation and flexibility, in order to allow companies to adapt better to their markets.