When Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, brought in new labor laws last year that were beneficial to companies and detrimental to Spanish employees, most Spaniards said it would destroy the working lives of millions of them. Of course, as always, they were correct. So, it’s not surprising to read the news this week and see companies like Carrefour, Ikea, Alcampo, El Corte Inglés, C&A and Leroy Merlin saying they want to cut employees salaries while increasing their work hours. Why? Apparently, these companies aren’t making high enough profits in Spain and they want that to change.
In a country where 25 percent of the working population is unemployed, employees of companies like Carrefour, Ikea, Alcampo, El Corte Inglés, C&A and Leroy Merlin are often stuck with the bogus and somewhat illegal new regulations some of these disgusting companies are trying to bring in. Because if they don’t agree to them, their only other option is to look for another job.
Fair? Not on your life, and a big reason, if these regulations do go through I will no longer be shopping at Carrefour, Ikea, Alcampo, El Corte Inglés, C&A and Leroy Merlin or any other company in Spain that follows suit.
Meanwhile, union representatives in Spain are trying to sit down with these chain companies and get them to see sense, before their employees begin to be treated like Third World employees ie: slaves.
As for me, and I suggest you, only shop at companies in Spain that pay their employees a reasonable wage and don’t expect them to work more hours for less money. That’s what I’ll be doing from now on. Here I come Mercadona.