Spain considers going back in time

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

THE Spanish government will be discussing the possibility of putting its clocks back permanently and returning to the Greenwich Mean Time zone with an aim to reducing the length of the working day.

The country was originally in the same time zone as Portugal and the UK, but was moved forward by dictator Francisco Franco to bring it in line with Germany under Adolf Hitler.

This, according to labour minister, Fatima Ibañez, has led to Spaniards working longer days than other European countries. Those in favour of putting the clocks back claim it would improve productivity and help the country’s workers to strike a better work/life balance.


Ibañez announced on Monday (December 12) that the government will be seeking agreement with representatives of companies and trade unions to allow the reform, approved back in August by Partido Popular and Ciudadanos political parties, to go ahead.


  1. It completely amazes me on the Logic of the people who suppose to be running Countries
    This includes ours in UK
    The obvious example is Miners,, They have no idea under the Ground what it is like outside
    What about people Thousands who work nights
    I agree with maybe changing the clocks But not for their stupid reasons

  2. I dont really understand the logic (not that most politicians are blessed with this), since most people´s working days have their hours decided by working a certain number of hours, or by the amount of work that they have to do, nothing to do with when it gets dark, unless of course you are an agricultural worker, which is not mentioned in this context at all

  3. If I remember correctly when I read about this in a different paper earlier this year the work/life balance was to do with stopping the tridition of siestas. People would work a normal work day of 7 – 8 hours straight to give time in the day to spend with the family after work. The bill would combine changing the time zone and work hours at the same time.

  4. It depends on whether you want to go to work in daylight, and have dark evenings, or go to work ‘early’ and have a long sunlit evening. If they change the Spanish working day to the European one of 8 /8:30 /9 to 5-ish, WITHOUT an hour for desayuno and three hours for lunch, we may find that people want longer evenings. In which case the whole thing will need re-thinking. Again

  5. I don’t think its so much as changing the timeline, what they should be concentrating on is doing away with the mid-afternoon break and work from 0830/0900 until 1700 hrs. The hot afternoons in summer are no excuse, because other countries have the same weather problems in summer but do not stop work.


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