One in three workers in Spain are temps
11 August 2005, MADRID – There are more temporary workers in Spain than there are in the whole of the UK, Belgium, Italy and Sweden put together, it emerged this week.
11 August 2005
MADRID – There are more temporary workers in Spain than there are in the whole of the UK, Belgium, Italy and Sweden put together, it emerged this week.
One of Spain's leading unions, the UGT, said temporary work in the country had increased by a dramatic 20 percent since 2003, with one in three workers on a short-term contract.
The UGT took its figures from the last three months of results available from the Study of the Active Population.
At the end of June, there were more than 5 million temporary workers, a figure which UGT says is evidence that the quality of employment in Spain is getting worse.
The union points out that Spain is now well above the European average for temporary contracts – the average rate is 13.6 percent, compared to Spain's 33.3 percent.
UGT says the principle of the indefinite contract must be "recuperated" through tax incentives for firms and checks that temporary contracts do not just roll on.
It also wants to see equal treatment in the workplace.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news