Employers and unions sign social pact against Spain’s stretched hours at work, which affect family life and health

Catalonia has moved a step closer to abandoning the long working hours and protracted lunch breaks that have tested Spaniards’ powers of endurance for more than seven decades, by adopting an initiative intended to reset people’s work-life balance.

On Monday, an alliance of 110 companies, trade unions, educational groups and social activists signed up to a working hours reform pact, which aims to make the working day shorter, more flexible and more compact.

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