Spanish supermarket consum cuts working week by one day in 100 supermarkets

Spanish supermarket consum cuts working week by one day in 100 supermarkets Credit: Twitter @Consum

The Consum Co-operative has already implemented the five-day working week in 200 centres in total and plans to extend it to its entire network at the beginning of 2024, allowing more than 6,200 workers to enjoy two days off per week.

According to a press release, Spanish supermarket Consum has reduced the working week in supermarkets by one day and has extended this measure to 100 more shops, in addition to the 100 it already implemented in October 2021.

The 5-day working week will benefit 95 per cent of Consum staff, who will work a maximum of 37.5 hours a week, but will not affect the commercial timetable, which will remain the same. In addition, all supermarket workers will have a long weekend (Saturday and Sunday) every 5 weeks.

With the 5-day working week, Consum continues to improve the working conditions of its staff, supporting the reconciliation of work and family life, a fact that reinforces its commitment to generate stable and quality employment.

This measure also improves customer service, as being able to better reconcile work and family life improves productivity and job satisfaction. Consum currently has more than 18,200 workers, 73 per cent of whom are women.

Consum has been implementing work-life balance measures for its workers since it was founded as a workers’ cooperative, following its Work-Life Balance and Equality Plan, where people are at the centre of all its actions, as part of its cooperative nature.

In 2021, Consum invested €28.3 million in work-life balance measures, 25 per cent more than in the previous year.

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