Spain -Unions call for nationwide protest -March 01, 2012

As a response to a recent reform of labour law by the federal government to increase flexible hiring and firing practices, the two main union confederations, UGT and CCOO, have announced mass protests. UGT and CCOO state that the reform is an attack both on labour rights and on collective bargaining. Local protests held in 57 cities on 19 February mobilized as many as 1,800,000 people. More actions have been announced for 29 February. The confederations have initiated legal actions against the law and its adoption without consultation of the social partners, before the Spanish constitutional court as well as the ILO. They argue that the reforms will make dismissals easier and will undermine collective bargaining, allowing company-level agreements to undercut branch-level bargaining and giving employers more scope to impose changes unilaterally.

English: http://www.eucoban.eu/EMF/Reports/Massive-demonstrations ... 
http://www.epsu.org/cob/461#a8480  

Spanish: http://www.ccoo.es/csccoo/menu.do?Informacion:Noticias:310718
http://www.fspugt.es/Cientos_de_miles_de_trabajadores_se_movilizan_contra ...

 

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