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A thread where you can post random stuff that comes up in the news about Spain that may be of interest to others
Chambermaids’ revolt aims to shame Spain’s rogue employers

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/jul/15/spanish-hotel-cleaners-fightback-exploitation

This is a great example of how employers twist contracts. Governments stats show unemployment going down, which is true, but workers conditions are being lowered.

Under most convenios, the women are paid €1,200 (about £1,050) a month for a 40-hour week. Cruz explains that, while the outsourced contracts often appear to offer the same conditions, there is a catch: while the contracts specify a rate per six-hour shift, they also specify how many rooms have to be done in that time, on average between 25 and 30, which is not humanly possible. As a result, the women put in unpaid overtime in order to meet their quota, bringing their hourly rate down to €3 or €4.
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“If the women stick to their hours and don’t meet their room quota, they’re sacked. Most of the contracts are short-term, so they’re simply not renewed and the woman is blacklisted,” Cruz says.
 

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Spanish airline Iberia to drop pregnancy test demand

The Spanish airline Iberia has said it will stop requiring female job candidates to take a pregnancy test after it was fined for the practice.
Labour inspectors in the Balearic Islands discovered the airline insisted on the tests, and fined it €25,000 (£22,000; $28,000).
The airline argued it had only been trying to "guarantee that [pregnant women] did not face any risks".
Spanish airline Iberia to drop pregnancy test demand - BBC News
 

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Spanish after - the - crisis - success story!!
Halal sweets prove to be a hit for Spanish company Wonkandy

Andrés Pérez and Fátima Pereyra of Seville never lost hope. After the housing bubble burst in 2007 causing Spain’s economy to crash, Pérez was left unemployed. The real estate industry, to which he had dedicated 15 years of his life, had turned its back on him. Pereyra, with a long career in fashion design, saw lagging sales in clothing and wanted a way out of the hardship brought about by the economic crisis. In the midst of the storm, the couple decided to “turn the page and start a new chapter.”
They began looking for a business that would be profitable year round and that could appeal to people of all ages. After months of research, they finally found a way to sweeten their income: fruit candy. In 2010, they founded Wonkandy (“World of natural candies”), which now exports its products to 20 countries around the world and counts on turnover of €1.2 million
https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/07/17/inenglish/1500303185_754596.html?rel=lom
 

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This is a little out of date, but could still be of interest to Game of Thrones fans.
I've been to the first place several times and I can tell you there are quite a few steps up to the bell tower!
I think the pronunciation of the island is gath tay lu GA che (stress on the syllable in capitals) Those Basque names can be a little tricky!
Several new locations in Spain confirmed for Game of Thrones season 7! | Watchers on the Wall | A Game of Thrones Community for Breaking News, Casting, and Commentary
 

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This is a little out of date, but could still be of interest to Game of Thrones fans.
I've been to the first place several times and I can tell you there are quite a few steps up to the bell tower!
I think the pronunciation of the island is gath tay lu GA che (stress on the syllable in capitals) Those Basque names can be a little tricky!
Several new locations in Spain confirmed for Game of Thrones season 7! | Watchers on the Wall | A Game of Thrones Community for Breaking News, Casting, and Commentary

Yes they filmed in Cáceres last year, although I'm pretty sure they're coming again. Had friends who were paid to be extras. We happened to visit during the setting up, for GoT and the filming of Romeo and Juliet the film sets were amazing. Following on from the filming, there are now tours in Cáceres showing the filming locations.
 

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Yes they filmed in Cáceres last year, although I'm pretty sure they're coming again. Had friends who were paid to be extras. We happened to visit during the setting up, for GoT and the filming of Romeo and Juliet the film sets were amazing. Following on from the filming, there are now tours in Cáceres showing the filming locations.
Romeo and Juliet?
 

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Has anyone been following the death of poor Lucia aged 3? Lots of rumours around according to a friend who lives in Pizzara. Lucia and her Parents were having dinner with other relatives at a cafe adjoining the rail station. She was playing outside with her two cousins aged 9 and 4. At 11.20pm she was missed, her dummy which they say she cried if she lost it was on the floor. Despite searches she was not found until early morning when a train driver spotted the body at the side of the line. A blow to the head was evident. TV reporter questioned why if she was lost she walked towards the dark instead of towards the village lights

The Police are presently going with the the theory that she wandered off, fell asleep and was hit by the train. Many locals dispute this as the body was 3 or 4 kilometros down the tracks. Said to be an impossible terrain to cover in the dark even for an adult. Lucia was only wearing sandals but did not even have a scratch on her feet and legs despite there being many large stones.

According to my friend the place is buzzing with gossip and rumour, sounds similar to the books and plays by Lorca about village life. Today a reporter from Sur has put on a video of the walk he did on the track in the dark.

Los cuatro kilómetros de Lucía | Diario Sur
 

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Romeo and Juliet?
Yes, I'm not sure who or what for, but there we saw the set for the balcón scene


41 euros al día para los extras de 'Romeo y Julieta' - Cáceres - El Periódico Extremadura


Didn't take long for this to slip down the pages:D
Has anyone been following the death of poor Lucia aged 3? Lots of rumours around according to a friend who lives in Pizzara. Lucia and her Parents were having dinner with other relatives at a cafe adjoining the rail station. She was playing outside with her two cousins aged 9 and 4. At 11.20pm she was missed, her dummy which they say she cried if she lost it was on the floor. Despite searches she was not found until early morning when a train driver spotted the body at the side of the line. A blow to the head was evident. TV reporter questioned why if she was lost she walked towards the dark instead of towards the village lights

The Police are presently going with the the theory that she wandered off, fell asleep and was hit by the train. Many locals dispute this as the body was 3 or 4 kilometros down the tracks. Said to be an impossible terrain to cover in the dark even for an adult. Lucia was only wearing sandals but did not even have a scratch on her feet and legs despite there being many large stones.

According to my friend the place is buzzing with gossip and rumour, sounds similar to the books and plays by Lorca about village life. Today a reporter from Sur has put on a video of the walk he did on the track in the dark.

Los cuatro kilómetros de Lucía | Diario Sur

Very Sad
 

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