According to a survey carried out on behalf of El Periodico newspaper, in the next municipal elections to be held in Barcelona (due in 2011), the incumbent Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) will get less votes than the centrist party Convergencia i Unió (CiU) for the first time since 1979 (article in Castilian, El Periodico). However, although CiU will get the majority of votes, it will need to join forces with another party to take control of Barcelona city council; on the basis of the latest poll, they would have to reach agreement with the right-wing Partido Popular, as the other option, left-wing independence party ERC is forecast to lose seats in the elections. Since the last council election in 2007, surveys about voters’ intentions have seen CiU’s percentage of the vote rise from 25.3 percent obtained at the elections to a potential 29.1 percent in the latest opinion poll, while the PSC's percentage has fallen from
The efforts by the Spanish socialist government to reform the country’s abortion law has seen a rise in the number of people who oppose their proposed changes (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). In September 2008, a survey done on behalf of La Vanguardia newspaper found that 57 percent of those asked were in favour of the reform and 30 percent against. However, in a new study just done for the same paper, the numbers are much closer, with 47 percent favourable to the law, whereas 46 percent say they are against it. In May this year, the proposed final wording of the law was released and included the possibility that under-age girls could have an abortion without the permission of a parent. There is a notable division along both political and age lines between those who are for and against the bill (e.g. PP members and those over 65 tend to be against, whereas left-wingers and those under 25 tend to be in favour). However, a surprising one in four of socialist voters declared themselves against the new law.
A survey by the trade union UGT has found that 75 percent of employees’ are suffering stress (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Factors such as temporary redundancy, staff cuts and pressure to reduce costs are all contributing to the high levels of stress felt by workers in Spain, and 'psychological risks', including harassment and burn-out, are the second cause of days taken off work here after muscular and bone pain. The investigation carried out by UGT saw 4,500 employees questioned; 35 percent of those who did the survey said that their health had worsened due to pressure at work. Typical symptoms of stress that were expressed include: constant feeling of tiredness, sleeping badly and irritability.
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