Monday, May 18, 2009

16th May Demonstration & Declaration.

The rather sunny and hot demonstration that took place on the 16th May was a great success.

As well as live music, dj's and a barbacue, staff reps from different language schools in and around Barcelona read out "a declaration" in no less than 6 different languages: English, Spanish, Catalan, French, Italian & German.

The photo above is of the German delegate.

Please scroll down to see more photos and read the declaration (in English)

The Smokey Mountain Convenio Boys (once again!, but this time in the sunshine)

The "barbie" (quite a bargain at 2 euros a "butifarra")

Mark Dix on the decks.

Existim i Resistim!

Sambao Samba making A LOT of noise.

Sue organised some kids activities and here she is, busy face painting.

Declaration: Please click on image to make it bigger.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Remember remember, We Exist, We resist...

(picture above taken during last demo, March 28th)

Tomorrow. Saturday 16th May, 1.45pm

A sunny day in Gracia....Come along and defend your rights!!!!

Remember, this Saturday 16th May, 1.45pm, No Reglada Demonstration,
oragnised by
CCOO and open to all workers in the 'No Reglada' sector.

We return to the Jardinets de Gràcia to demonstrate in defence of better working conditions, permanent contracts, a healthy working week,
salary scales and
a quality conveni.

There'll be live music, samba, blugreass and DJ set, plus kids' activities.
Bring colleagues, friends, family and food to share!

To the employers' we say:
We exist and we resist!

Don't miss out on the food! (above cake won competition on March 28th Demo)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wednesday 13th May Outside "La Patronal"

Today members of the Bonanova comité were out in force supporting the CCOO in their negociations with the Patronal.

In the picture on the right you can see the rather long banner held up outside the Patronal this morning.

"We Exist, We Resist" the banner says in many different languages such as English, Catalan, Spanish, French, Arabic. The list is endless.

On Saturday there is another demonstration, quite like the one held on 28th March, which was very successful.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Tax Returns...Declaracion de la renta


Time for thinking about tax and paperwork and all that stuff. Now is the time of the year to do your tax returns (if you need to...), called the" declaracion de la renta"

You are obliged to file if

  • You have earned more that 22.000 Euros (gross) over the course of the year. or,
  • If you have had 2 or more jobs during the year, (note: the tax threshold if you have 2 or more jobs is under 22.000 Euros)
Please note that if you file a tax return, then you are legally obliged to continue to file year after year, even if your circumstances change..

If you have any inquiries about whether you need to file or not - ask a rep.

To file a tax return you need,

  • Identification documents
  • Certificados sobre retenciones sobre salarios from every place you work. Here at Bonanova you will find, or will have found this in your pigeon hole.
  • Datos fiscales from the hacienda.
  • Bank statements from all of your Spanish bank accounts.

If you have a mortgage, kids or a pension these will be taken into account in your tax return.

The time for doing the declaration is from 4th May and the deadline is 30th June.

Its best to use a gestor (accountant) to go over your tax return, they will charge a fee but will take care of most of the headaches. In general gestors cost between 40 and 50 Euros.

CCOO has a gestor with a reduced cost for CCOO union members.

Message from CCOO:

For workers in the Barcelonès area
CCOO offers a full service for completion of 2008 tax returns.
Reduced prices for union members. eg. for the basic tax return, 12.50 euros union member, 40 euros non-member.
From 4th May to 30th June.
Appointments by numbered ticket only, collect from reception on ground floor, Via Laietana 16, Barcelona.
For more information click here, or ring 93 481 28 03.
Another reason to join the union!

If you prefer an alternative gestor who deals in English look on the comite noticeboard.

Again, any questions, ask a rep.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Demonstration. 16.5.09 (Click on image to make it bigger!)

CCOO calls on all workers in the 'No Reglada' sector to the No Reglada Demonstration, Saturday 16th May, 1.45pm.

We return to the Jardinets de Gràcia to raise the profile of our sector and demonstrate to defend our demands for quality working conditions and collective agreement for No Reglada.

We demand a quality conveni, salary scales now!, permanent contracts and a sane working week!

We demand an end to job insecurity, contractual and social security fraud and the denial of our legal rights!

Bring colleagues, friends, family and food!

What's all this about? Still not sure? look under:

March 24th blog post : "What has all this malarky got to do with us?"
and any other posts from March.....

Or visit the CCOO blogspot:

Or the official CCOO webpage:

More Photos from the March Demonstration!

The Symbolic Planting of The Tree
The Smokey Mountain Convenio Boys
Staff reps outside the "Patronal"
Tortilla & Cake Competiton
At the front of the march
Sambao Samba!