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Spain — Fundamental legal changes on staffing agencies

14 October 2009

The opposition Conservative Party (Partido Popular) and the Catalan Liberal Centrist Party (Convergencia i Unio) are likely to team up against the governing Labour Party (PSOE) on fundamentally changing the legal position of temporary employment agencies, Expansion writes.

The Conservatives want to make amendments to article 16 of Spanish law in order to enable temporary employment agencies to transform themselves into general recruitment agencies, which also have the right to place permanent employees and offer the entire range of staffing services such as recruitment and selection, professional training and outplacement.

The Conservatives argue that Spain is a signatory to the United Nation's International Labour Organisation (ILO) convention, which allows staffing agencies in other countries to provide all such services already.

The legislative reforms pushed by the Conservatives would equally enable staffing agencies to work together with the government's labour office and share the government's information on job offers and job seekers.

However, negotiations between the employer organisation (CEOE) and the unions (CCOO and UGT) on the subject ended up in total gridlock in July this year. The unions are opposed to the concept and are not willing to move one inch.

The current Labour government's weak position in parliament could mean that if the Conservatives and the Liberals team up together, the proposed legislation amendments might well go through.



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