Spain -Law limiting collective agreement extension comes into force -July 07, 2013

A new law on collective bargaining has come into force, which severely limits the extension of collective agreements. In accordance with the new law, all agreements that have not been renegotiated by 8 July will automatically lapse. Unions throughout the countries had called on employers’ organisations to press their members to ensure agreements had been renegotiated by then, but this does not appear to have happened. In the public sector the trade unions were disappointed because the FEMP local government employers’ organisation failed to act on the question. Nevertheless, agreements have been reached at regional level in Castilla y León, Valencia and Castilla la Mancha.



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