The Spanish labour foundation: the case of construction labour foundation of Asturias Articles uri icon

publication date

  • November 2016

start page

  • 41

end page

  • 56


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  • 5

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2255-2081


  • Work foundations are not well known institutions having a great potential to promote an improved and stronger social dialogue, worker participation and employee social responsibility. Perhaps, the Austrian work foundations are the most well known, serving as an example of success that may become
    the basis of a new model that is founded on flexicurity. However, there are other experiences in Europe
    from which knowledge may also be derived for both European and national good practices perspectives.
    The purpose of this research is to analyse the main characteristics of Spanish labour foundations.
    The interest in these foundations is based on two main points. On the one hand, they give us a concrete
    and specific regulation on labour foundations which comes directly from the law. In this sense, they are
    based on a completely different legal system as compared to the Austrian experience. On the other hand,
    they represent the first regulation in Europe on this specific type of foundation. This not only means a
    longer tradition, but more importantly, that they are based on a completely different socio-economic
    This paper has been divided as follows: first, there is a brief description of the concept of labour
    foundation; second, the regulatory framework is described, which consists of both the legal regulation
    and its practical manifestation. As for the latter, one of the most thorough and developed experiences has
    been chosen: the case of Construction Labour Foundation of Asturias. Finally, some conclusions about
    the practical development of labour foundations in Spain are offered.


  • labour foundations; work foundations; labour law