Spain - High Court ruling challenges pay cuts - November 11, 2010

The FSC-CCOO and FSP-UGT public service federations have welcomed a ruling by the High Court that the imposition of pay cuts may have contravened constitutional rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining. The case also raises issues of equal treatment as the pay cut was imposed at the Royal Spanish Mint but not in other public companies such as the RENFE railways. The particular legal challenge relates to employees of the Royal Mint but if the result is confirmed then it may well be applicable much more broadly across publicly owned companies and even across the public sector.


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