March 2012

Spain, a testing ground

Josep Maria Àlvarez's picture

Greece, Portugal and Ireland have been the first countries to yield to the tight rules of this new Europe that, if François Hollande does not avoid it, moves in the opposite direction than that of its history’s evolution until the end of the Second World War. Those countries, despite their political importance within the context of a European Union that is splitting up, are not the economic size of Spain or Italy. They have therefore been the easiest deadweight to be let go.

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A reform needed to compete in Europe

Josep González's picture

Just four months ago, the new Government took office with a sword of Damocles hanging over its head: the responsibility to adopt the right measures to overturn our labour market’s critical situation. Up until now, it appeared that it was not enough having 400 companies going out of business everyday over the last three years, reaching an absolute unemployment record or returning to the situation of an economic recession. The Labour Reform was one of the most awaited measures and it had the entire country with their fingers crossed in order to see that for once the Government had carried out the right changes within our labour market and provided the tools to make the continuity of our business projects viable.

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Labour reform or greed’s voracious and unfair irrationality

Joan Carles Gallego's picture

The much announced labour reform, which breaks the labour relation rules of the game, has invaded (via the use of political power) the natural framework of conflict resolution in the corporate and labour world between businessmen and workers, between business-owner associations and trade unions. Everything is an attack on democratic proceedings: it neither respects information and previous consultation rights with representative unions, which is guaranteed by law in relation to social policy issues

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