Black market labour contracts in Alicante province

FATIMA BAÑEZ recently urged citizens to report cases of black market labour.

The minister of Labour’s suggestion produced mixed reactions.  An estimated 109,000 people are thought to work without contracts or Social Security in Alicante province. 

This is not always by choice, argued Aurora Sales from Elche.

During the 12 years she worked for a Torrellano shoe manufacturer, she was contracted for only three years and four months.

“There were 31 of us and we received a three-month contract for every 12 months we worked, always in the name of a different company, Aurora told a Spanish interviewer.

 “The rest of the time I had to work without a contract, the same as the other women there,” she said.

Tired of clandestine working she was sacked after she asked to be put on contract.  She has lodged a formal complaint with the courts against the company, asking to be readmitted on a legal contract. 

She is confident that finally justice will be done and each party “is put in their place,” Aurora said.

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