25 June 2002 19:16 [Source: ICIS news]
MADRID (CNI)--Spain’s major chemical unions and employers met on Tuesday with Labour Minister Juan Carlos Aparicio to lay out objectives for the recently constituted chemical industry forum.
The unions were represented by the Federacion de Industrias Textil-Piel, Quimicas y Afines (FITEQA) and the Federacion de Industrias Afines (FIA). Also present were officials from Spain’s chemical industry association, Federacion Empresarial de la Industria Quimica Espanola (FEIQUE).
Established last January, the forum provides a platform for negotiations between unions and business representatives within the chemical industry. It aims to boost competition, growth and employment in Spain’s Euro30bn ($29bn) chemical sector.
FIA spokeswoman Francisca Sanchez called the meeting a success, saying "it shows that when there’s dialogue we don’t need the government to intervene for us; we can take care of business ourselves."
Sanchez said the forum was created because of the need to "analyse problems and look into the future in an environment of mutual trust and reason."
Spain’s chemical industry accounts for about 9% of gross domestic product (GDP) and employs more than 500 000 people.
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