Spain: 2012 Labour Market Reform declared constitutional

In a judgment dated 16 July 2014, the Spanish Constitutional Court rejected, by a large majority, an appeal lodged by the Parliament of Navarra in which it requested that three provisions of the 2012 Labour Market Reform be declared unconstitutional. As a result, the following measures have been declared to be constitutional: Read more

Spain: Simplification to collective consultation processes where multiple places of work involved

Amendments have been made to core aspects of the employment law reforms implemented in 2012 with regard to certain collective consultation processes. The amendments are aimed at making the process simpler and quicker. The 2012 reforms caused numerous problems with regard to the interpretation and practical application of their provisions to representation and procedure in … Read more

Spain: Extension of the initial duration of collective bargaining agreements

Law 3/2012, enacted on 8 July 2012, amended article 86.3 of the Spanish Workers' Statute. According to that amendment, if one year elapses from the moment a collective bargaining agreement has been challenged, without a new collective bargaining agreement having been agreed or an arbitral award having been made in this regard, the challenged collective … Read more

The employment and social security implications of the strike in Spain

The largest of Spain's trade unions, including CCOO and UGT, called a general strike on 14 November 2012.  This is the second general strike to take place in Spain in 2012 and coincides with a series of demonstrations across Europe.  Support for the strike has varied from region to region and across business sectors.  Our … Read more

Spain: collective bargaining agreements

A decision of the Spanish national appeals court (Audiencia Nacional) dated 10 September 2012 consolidates the new structure of collective bargaining approved by the Spanish Labour Reform Act. The decision confirms the primacy of the plant-level CBA over the sector-wide CBA in respect of regulations governing salaries and other basic labour conditions, as provided by … Read more

Spain: II Agreement on Employment and Collective Bargaining 2012, 2013 and 2014

In the context of the profound reform that is being undertaken in the Spanish labour market, one of the most significant changes expected affects the regulation of collective bargaining. An agreement was recently signed on 25 January 2012 by the most representative organisations at a state level in Spain – namely the employer associations CEOE … Read more