UIC Barcelona signs the Working Hours Reform Pact

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The Universitat Internacional de Catalunya was one of the 110 organisations and entities which, along with the Catalan Generalitat, signed the Working Hours Reform Pact. The signature of the pact, which took place inside the Catalan Government headquarters, involved the president of the Catalan Parliament, Carles Puigdemont and Jordi Turull, Chief Advisor to the President and Government Spokesperson. The latter signed the pact in the government’s name.

The Working Hours Reform Pact is the result of three and a half years of work by experts and an agreement between all the agents involved from various fields such as business, administration, employment, healthcare, culture and education.

By signing the Working Hours Reform Pact, the Government and the organisations that signed the agreement have made a commitment to adhere to the 2025 Objective. This should lead us, from 17 July onwards and over the next few years, to achieve the European for indicators in the fields of healthcare, organisations, public services, education, culture and leisure, commerce, and also consumption and mobility.

The letter of commitment towards the 2025 Objective, which is part of the Working Hours Reform Pact, covers the following intentions, which include: retrieving the two hours of time delay in relation to the rest of the world and instigating a new timetable culture in organisations in favour of more efficient and flexible models. The idea behind this is to attend to new social needs, and consolidate the time factor as a new measure to help move towards more freedom and equality and better welfare.

The signature of this pact means the culmination of the work undertaken by the instigators of the Working Hours Reform Pact and the Advisory Committee for Working Hours Reform over a period of almost four years. Work began in the autumn of 2013 and the initial plan was presented on 29 January 2014.