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Mercadona makeover
28 June 2011

The supermarket chain has ordered its cashiers to use makeup

Spanish supermarket chain, Mercadona, has told its cashiers that they have to apply eye-shadow, colour and glossy lipstick, ‘but not to excess’. Shelf stackers have been told they have to be close shaved and cannot show a beard of one or two days, ‘despite the look being in fashion’. The company says ‘You have to go to work clean shaven or in the case that you have a beard, it has to be well looked after’.

The company considers the makeup and shaving instructions part of the working uniform, and becomes the first in Spain to issue such orders. Piercings and tattoos are banned.

El Mundo reports that one cashier in Alcorcón, Madrid, who has never used makeup was thankful that her supervisor was prepared to give her some tips.

The company, led by Juan Roig, has been making ever greater demands on the workforce, and in 2010 productivity was up 5%, and as a result the staff saw a 3% bonus and 210 million in extra payments for meeting objectives. The company made a profit of 398 million € in 2010, up 47% on the previous year, and created 1,500 new fixed jobs over the year to take the total workforce to 63,500.
 

Source: Typically Spanish



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UK public sector strike hots up for Thursday 30th June
24 June 2011

With the strike seemingly going ahead this Thursday is it definite the airports will be affected? 

I think so, who knows for certain? 

 I'll let you know if my flight is cancelled as I'm booked on Easyjet to fly from Spain to the UK that day.

 



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Government returns maximum speed on Spanish motorways to 120km/h
24 June 2011

Source: Typically Spanish

 The cabinet has decided not to extend the measure which had cut the speed limit to 110km/h last March

The cabinet has decided today, Friday, to return the maximum speed on Spanish motorways to 120km/h from July 1, despite reports in the press that it will cost 600,000 € to do so.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Interior, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, said that cabinet had decided not to extend the limit on speed as ‘the measure no longer made sense’.

In the press conference after the cabinet meeting he underlined however that the ‘the measure has worked’ and resulted in savings of 450 million €.

The slower 110km/h speed was put into place on March 7 this year with the argument that it would save energy at a time when the crisis in the Maghreb had seen a hike in crude prices to 116 dollars a barrel. Today it has been trading at 107 dollars a barrel.

It has to be remembered that a drop in the consumption of petrol affects the Government’s own income, as about half the price of each litre on the forecourt is made up of taxes, including the special petrol tax and IVA.


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New Corvera airport in Murcia is unlikely to open at all.
06 June 2011

GHOST white-elephant airports in Spain rarely see any flights and cost billions, it has been revealed.

 

Of the 48 regional commercial airports built in the debt-ridden country in less than 20 years, only 11 make a profit.

Huesca, opened in 2007 for tourists heading to the central Pyrenees, was a personal initiative by a local politician. He hoped it would bring prosperity to the region.

Its last commercial flight took off in April and the next is not due to land until January 2012. The airport, just 45 miles from another at Zaragoza, lost six million euros last year. Its shops are closed and the site is deserted apart from a small staff. There is a lone security guard and an air-traffic controller is on stand-by for private planes.

Economics expert Germa Bel i Queralt told leading Madrid daily newspaper El Pais: “Spain doesn’t have a transportation policy but a brand policy. We dazzle the world with the best terminals.

“We wanted to teach the world a lesson and here we are with the highest unemployment rate and AENA, the aviation agency that loses the most money in the world.” Castellon, on the east coast, opened in March within 100 miles of three thriving airports and despite the fact that no aircraft can arrive because it is awaiting landing permits. The restriction is likely to remain for at least eight months.

New Corvera airport in Murcia is unlikely to open at all. The regional government insisted work should go ahead although the site is within 19 miles of flights to San Javier and 80 miles from Alicante, Spain’s sixth biggest airport.

Ciudad Real, built as a second airport for Madrid although it is 118 miles away, handles just 100,000 passengers a year, and staff work three months on and three months off. Inaugurated in 2008, it was a failure from day one, despite being forecast to welcome 2.5million passengers in its first five years.

As part of a series of measures to try to pull Spain out of its deep economic problems, Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero promised partially to privatise its airports.

Source: Express



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Health Ministry calls for tobacco costs to be doubled in Spain
03 June 2011

THE DEPARTMENT of Health is proposing that the cost of cigarettes and other tobacco products be doubled to bring the price of tobacco in Spain into line with the UK and France. Presently Spain is one of the cheapest places to buy cigarettes in Europe, at about 4€ per packet. 

The Deputy Director General of Health Promotion and Epidemiology, Rosa Ramirez, made a statement on Tuesday at a conference marking World No Smoking Day emphasising that Spain continues to supply cheap tobacco products and also supplies other European countries.

REVIEW

Ramirez also said that Spain has made a request to other European health ministries to review the regulation of so-called ‘electronic cigarettes’ advertised as being ‘risk free’ with regard to health yet remaining outside any legal framework.

The benefits of the non-smoking laws brought in at the beginning of the year were expounded upon, noting that hospital admissions of children suffering with asthma as a result of passive smoking were already significantly reduced, with figures under preparation to be published “later this year.”

It was acknowledged that the decision to raise the price on tobacco products did not lie with the Ministry for Health alone but with the Ministry of Finance.

PRICE WAR

The President of the Committee on Health, Gaspar Llamazares, noted that tobacco companies are now immersed in a “price war” to overcome the effects of the smoking ban and wanted to put an end to the myth that the state “profits” from the tobacco trade: “The effects of smoking costs Spain around €17,000 million – more than double the amount recovered in taxation of tobacco,” he said.

According to Llamazares, much remains to be done on taxes and treatments to encourage smoking addicts to give up the habit.

The President of the National Committee for Smoking Prevention, Francisco Rodríguez Lozano, pointed out that the low price of tobacco has “great influence” on young people in Spain to start smoking aged as young as 13. For this reason, the Committee supports the price hike.


Source: RTN



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