An NGO worker was fired after the company learned she was pregnant (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). Fundación G3T, which has its headquarters in Barcelona argued that they required the women to be available to travel to Burundi. Sara Youx is four months pregnant and was offered a permanent contract in April, with a one-month trial, which she completed successfully, but on June 23rd, a week after informing her boss that she was pregnant, the French, 26 year old, was dismissed. The NGO argued that she did not meet "the expectations for which she was hired." During her "intense personal" interview, Sara said that she was asked personal questions such as, if she had a partner, if she had children, if she wanted them soon, but didn't admit that she was already pregnant. Josep Perez, a labour lawer for Col·lectiu Ronda claimed that personal questions in an interview is illegal. In mid June, Sara decided to tell her superior that she was pregnant as she was scheduled to spend the month of July in Burundi, who at first congratulated her but then said "Let's see how it goes with the human resources director." A week later she was handed a letter of dismissal, a cheque for her June salary and compensation of €230. The same day she went to speak to a CNT lawyer who said the company had an obligation to rehire her because it was a despido nula (those which discriminate or violate fundamental rights of the worker). The Fundación G3T released a statement yesterday that said "the interview was tuned to determine the level of commitment and availability of the applicant to carry out their future role." It went on to say that the uniqueness of the incident came about due to the health risks involved as statutory vaccines were required in order for her to be able to travel which were incompatible with being pregnant. Sara argues that "They never said I had to travel," and added "I have traveled many times to India and Africa and I am already vaccinated."
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Four in ten students in secondary education this year will use digital books (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The emergence of small portable computers in Catalans schools is set to continue at the beginning of the next academic year, with around 100,000 of the 271,000 pupils enrolled in secondary education will use digital books (netbooks) in the classroom. Some 40 publishers offer digital texts and it is thought to become a cheaper option than buying traditional text books. Figures show that students have to pay between €250 to €300 per year for texts, whilst the cost of digital books is thought to cost much less, in most cases not more than €60 for the licenses. In fact, some digital books are set to become free with some publishing companies introducing a package of manuals on various subjects. Families are to pay 50 percent of the cost of the netbooks and the education department plans to continue to add content to the collective platform of digital materials in coming months, so that freedom of choice will grow.
Fans took to the street in their thousands last night to celebrate the victory of Spain (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The scenes of joy were evident in many Spanish cities, with 20,000 Spanish meeting in the heart of Madrid to celebrate, whilst in Valencia thousands of fans traveled the main streets chanting in celebration. The celebrations there were centred around the Mestalla stadium where television screens had been set up in the Plaza de la Afición. After Carles Puyol's goal in the 73rd minute firecrackers and rockets were heard with fans taking to the streets with their cars to celebrate, waving flags and honking the horns. Scenes of elation took place outside of Spain as well, for instance, hundreds of supporters met in Caracas to watch the game. Whilst in Montevideo, around 60 fans gathered in the Spanish Club to watch their team beat Germany 1-0.
Also in the news: Pujol, Maragall and former presidents of Parliament will make a declaration at 11am today in favor of the demonstration this Saturday (read full article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The Ciutat Vella district wish to limit the consumption of alcohol and food in the street (read full article in Castilian here, El Pais).