Friday, 11 October 2013
Living in Spain and conducting many of my radio shows telephone interviews to the UK and Ireland this report for me anyway makes a lot of sense and I look forward to your comments and points of view after reading it: Spain’s been at least an hour behind since World War II, and it shows!!! A social revolution—and a new time zone—may very well be upon Spain. A new report from (pdf in Spanish) a governmental sub-commission has found the need for major changes on how society organizes daily life. If congress legislates accordingly, Spain’s struggling workforce may get a welcome boost. On average, Spanish workers sleep one hour fewer than their European counterparts, as well as hour fewer than what the World Health Organization recommends. As a consequence, productivity is lower, and working accidents and absenteeism are higher than the EU average. Spanish workers who are absent three hours out of the standard workday also contribute to the lagging economy. + Back to Greenwich Spain has lived under Central European Time, GMT+1 time since WWII when the regime, along with many other countries, adopted the German time zone and never changed it back. To make things worse, Spain also uses the controversial daylight saving time between April and October, two hours ahead of daylight and two and a half hours for the eastern side of the country. + There’s clearly a need for Spaniards to harmonize our biorhythms and work schedule with nature. But if you check the time zone for the Greenwich meridian, it matches almost perfectly with the east border of France, so why France does not suffer from similar problems?