Fundacion 1° de Mayo / The Primero de Mayo Foundation

Address :
Longares, 6
28022 Madrid
Contact :
Fernando Rocha, Head of the Studies and Projects Department
Phone : (+34) 91. 7028093 (+34) 628718753
Fax : +34 913641350
Email :
Website :

Short Description


The Fundación 1 º de Mayo is a private, non-profit organization, founded by the Spanish trade union Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) in order to become a reference of critical thinking on economic, social and employment issues, and therefore, to deepen study, reflection and debate on topics affecting workers, citizenship and unionism itself.
The main activity of Fundación 1º de Mayo is to promote the study and debate on major social, economic and political issues that affect workers and topics such as industrial relations, employment and working conditions, equal opportunities, training, social protection, migration and integration of migrants, and improving the quality of life.

The current administrative structure of Fundation 1º de Mayo is:

● Full name of the Institute: Fundación Cultural 1º de Mayo (Fundación 1º de Mayo)
● President: Ramón Gorriz Vitalla (
● Manager: José Luis González Suarez (
● Administrative secretary: Elvira Rodriguez Correal (
● Address: Longares 6. 28022-Madrid (Spain)
● Website:

Areas of expertise and competencies

The Fundación 1º de Mayo is structured in these departments:

● Studies and Projects. Head: Fernando Rocha (
● Historical Archives and Library. Head: Jose Babiano (jbabiano@1mayo.ccoo,es)
● Cooperation for development. Head: Felix Ovejero (
● Center of Documentation of Migrations. Head: Ana Fernández (

Foundation 1º de Mayo also integrates the following specialized units:

● “Observatorio de la Negociación Colectiva” (Collective Bargaining Watch). Head: Fernando Rocha (
● “Centro 8 de marzo” (Center March 8th). Head: Eva Antón (
● Department of democratization of economy and fabric development : Bruno Estrada (
● “Derecho del Trabajo” (Labour law department). Head: Antonio Baylos (
● “Instituto de Estudios Sociales y Económicos sobre la Industria” (Institute of Social and Economic Studies on Industry). Head: Máximo Blanco (
● “Centro de estudios de servicios a la ciudadanía” (Center of Studies of Services to the Citizenship). Head: Javier Jiménez (
● “Investigaciones educativas y sindicales” (Educational and trade union researches). Head: Pedro Badía.
● “Instituto de estudios del hábitat” (Institute of habitat studies) Head: Vicente Sánchez (
● “Hispabarómetro” (Statistical Watch of Spain). Head: Jesús Cruces (

Work programme, strategic plan, projects

The broad research topics addressed by the Studies and Projects Department are:

● Industrial Relations
● Collective Bargaining
● Digitalisation
● Restructuring
● Labour market
● Employment and working conditions
● Social policies
● Union membership
● Corporate Social Responsibility
● Work and life balance

The 2019 work programme of the Studies and Projects Department comprises the following activities:

1) Participation in European funded research projects
● Digitalisation and restructuring: which social dialogue? (DIRESOC). Status: Co-applicant.
● Digital transformation in the construction sector: challenges and opportunities (DISCUSS). Status: Co-applicant.
● Men in care: best practice for promotion of caring masculinities to improve work life balance (MIC). Status: Co-applicant.
● European works councils 4.0: fostering European social dialogue about digitalization of transnational companies. Status: Associate Organisation.
● Exploring the contribution of collective bargaining and information and consultation practice in the promotion of fair and competitive digital work (DEPTH VIEW). Status: Associate Organisation.
● Slash workers and industrial relations (SWIRL). Status: Associate Organisation.

2) Other research projects (national level)
● Innovative measures for the labour integration of people with disabilities
● Gender wage gap
● Analysis of good governance indicators in the companies of IBEX35
● Dynamics of trade union membership in CCOO
● Social Observatory of older people
● New regulations of working time in collective bargaining
● Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
● Social Observatory of young people

3) Participation in training actions for union officers

Publications, language, newsletter

All the electronic publications of Fundation 1º Mayo are avalaible at:

List of publications in English:

● ÁLVAREZ, N.; CRUCES, J.; KEUNE, M.; and UXO, J. (2018): The functional income distribution and labour market institutions: the missing links in the agenda for inclusive growth after austerity. Cawie Research Paper. 3.2.
● CRUCES, J (2018): “The implementation of the transnational company agreements: lessons from three experiences in Spain”, in GUARRIELLO, F. and STANZANI, C. Trade union and collective bargaining in multinationals. From international legal framework to empirical research. Ed. FrancoAngeli. Milano, 2018.
● MARTÍNEZ, A. (2018): “Protecting occupational pensions and unemployment benefits in Spain: a weak Occupational Welfare System”, NATALI, D., PAVOLINI, E., and VANHERCKE, B (Eds): Occupational Welfare in Europe: Risks, opportunities and social partner involvement. Brussels, European Trade Union Institute (193-213).
● ROCHA, F.; and DE LA FUENTE, L. (2018): The Social Dialogue in the face of digitalisation in Spain. An emerging and fragmented landscape. DIRESOC Project.
● ROCHA, F. (2018): “Strengthening the decentralisation of collective bargaining in Spain. Between the legal changes and the real developments”, LEONARDI, S., and PEDERSINI, R. (Eds) (2017): Collective Bargaining Decentralization in the post-crisis years. Wage Dynamics and Trade Unions Strategies. Brussels, European Trade Union Institute Brussels, ETUI.
● WHITTALL, M.; MARTINEZ, M.; ROCHA, F.; TELLJOHANN, V.; and MUSTCHIN, S. (2017): “Workplace Trade Union Engagement with European Works Councils and Transnational Agreements: The case of Volkswagen Europe”, European Journal of Industrial Relations, European Journal of Industrial Relations, First published date: March-20-2017
● CRUCES, J., ÁLVAREZ, I, TRILLO, F. and LEONARDI, S. (2015): “Impact of the euro crisis on wages and collective bargaining in southern Europe. A comparison o Italy, Portugal and Spain”, in VAN GYES, G and SCHULTEN, T. Wage bargaining under the new European Economic Governance. Alternative strategies for inclusive growth. ETUI.
● WHITTALL, M.; MARTINEZ, M.; ROCHA, F.; TELLJOHANN, V.; and MUSTCHIN, S. (2015): “Volkswagen Transnational Company Agreements.The meaning of international corporate regulation at work”, Leonardi, S. (Coord.):
EURACTA 2. The Transnational Company Agreements:experiences and prospects. Final report. European Commission.
● ROCHA F.; DE LA FUENTE, L.; MUSTCHIN, S.; MARTÍNEZ, M; ADAMCZYK, S.; and SURDYKOWSKA, B. (2015): “The Transnational Company Agreements at Santander Group: anything else than a symbolic value?, in Leonardi, S. (Coord.): EURACTA 2. The Transnational Company Agreements: experiences and prospects. Final report. European Commission.
● ROCHA, F. (2014) (Coord.): The New EU Economic Governance and its impact on the National Collective Bargaining Systems. Fundación 1º de Mayo. Madrid.
● ROCHA, F., and STOLEROFF, A. (2014): “The challenges of the crisis and the external intervention in Portugal”, ROCHA, F. (2014) (Coord.): The New EU Economic Governance and its impact on the National Collective Bargaining Systems. Fundación 1º de Mayo. Madrid, pp 150-174.

Other networks the institute is participating in

RELATS: “Red Eurolatinoamericana de análisis del trabajo y el sindicalismo” (European & Latin-American Network of Analysis on Work and Trade Unionism)

ISTAS (Union Institute of Work, Environment and Health)

Address :
C/Ramón Gordillo 7, 1º - 1ª
E-46010 Valencia
Contact :
Vicente López Martínez
Phone : +34 963 911 421
Fax : +34 963 917 264
Email :
Website :

Short Description

UPDATED October 2019

ISTAS was founded in 1996 by Spanish Trade Union "Comisiones Obreras" (CC.OO.) and is part of a collective effort to achieve a society of free and equal citizens based upon solidarity, fair social progress and environmentally sustainable development.

ISTAS is a technical and scientific organization and it works in conformity with the following principles:

  • Service to workers
  • Technical and scientific accuracy
  • Technical and operative self-management
  • Correspondence with Spanish Trade Union "Comisiones Obreras" (CC.OO.) goals and strategies

ISTAS’ legal status is that of a non-profit, self-managed labour foundation supported by Spanish Trade Union "Comisiones Obreras" (CC.OO.), under the authority of the Ministry of Labour. Registration data can be reviewed in the document: Legal and Fiscal Identification.

Guidelines, work plans, accounts, financial statements and management of the foundation are supervised by a Board of Directors that also sets the priorities and tasks and approves budgetary assignments.

Areas of expertise and competencies

ISTAS offers technical advisory and assistance to the TUC CC.OO., both at national directing boards and regional organizations levels. It works in close cooperation with trade union’s health and safety and environmental managers and experts in both national and regional boards.

ISTAS cooperates in its field of expertise with the following CC.OO. foundations and organisations:

  • FOREM (Foundation for Training and Employment) and the National CC.OO. Union Training Centre (with respect to training programmes);
  • Foundation “Peace and Solidarity” for international cooperation projects and support to trade union organisations in Africa, Latin America and Asia;
  • And with the Foundation “Primero de Mayo” for research on the new challenges faced by trade unions.

ISTAS also cooperates with the International Labour Foundation for Sustainable Development SustainLabour.

ISTAS performs different tasks to support CC.OO. actions:

  • Advisory in the preparation of meetings and documents to be submitted to the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Ministry of Health care, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Industry and Energy, as well as for the advisory bodies, particularly the National Commission for Health and Safety at Work, the Environmental Advisory Council and the National Climate Council.
  • Drafting of documents and protocols for union action
  • Participation in EU work committees
  • Participation in international meetings and debates in the line of CC.OO. cooperation initiatives, especially in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

ISTAS intensifies trade union representatives' capability especially that of health and safety reps. Given the role of safety reps and the rights they are entitled to by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (LPRL), a great part of ISTAS' activity has focused on providing information, training and advisory to safety reps as well as the necessary tools for trade union intervention at the workplaces.

ISTAS is also developing new instruments and resources to support new forms of representation adopted by some regional and sectoral agreements, like the environmental reps.

Examples of this support materials are the following publications: Trade union guide for safety reps, Health and Safety at the Workplace, Trade union guide for intervention on chemical risks at the workplace, Work Organisation, Health and Psychosocial risks: A Trade Union Guide.

Work programme, strategic plan, projects

As a non-profit foundation, ISTAS submits its orientation, planning and management to the direction and control of its Board of Trustees. It is made up mainly of CCOO members appointed by its Confederal Executive Board. Your work programmes and reports are published every year on his website.

Publications, language, newsletter

ISTAS-CCOO publishes since 1998 the magazine of occupational health "porExperiencia". Its content can be consulted on line at This magazine receives an average of one million visits a year from Spain and Latin America. Since 1995 it publishes the environmental magazine, Daphnia, which focuses on promoting environmental management in companies and clean production.

Other networks the institute is participating in

Red Euro-Latinoamericana de Análisis sobre Trabajo y Sindicalismo (

Fundación Francisco Largo Caballero

Address :
C/ Colegios, 7
28801 Alcalá de Henares (MADRID)
Contact :
Almudena Asenjo Fernández
Phone : +34 918852436
Fax :
Email :
Website :

Short Description

The foundation bears the name of Francisco Largo Caballero as a token of gratitude to what he has done for the trade union movement in this country. The foundation was formed in 1978 by members of UGT and ever since, it has been open to people or institutions that are interested in the study of social conditions, aiming at improving the lives of the most downtrodden in society and to encourage the discussion of progressive ideas. Another purpose of this organisation is to give society (including investigators, scientific community etc.) access to UGT´s archives and documentaries.

The work carried out by the foundation in its early years consisted in mainly recovering historical documents with regard to trade unionism from all over the world, such as the UGT archives in exile. This has helped the reconstruction of the historical memory of the worker movement, and has helped to build one of Spain´s most important research centres on the subject of the history of the trade union movement.

The Foundation also has an active presence in Spanish society promoting investigation, debate and the exchange of different ideas over trade unionism and issues such as equality, solidarity and social justice within the worker movement. The foundation also organises meetings, and lectures in which experts can disseminate their publications on social problems, and encourages discussions on culture and socialist theories.

The Foundation has several main objectives being to encourage, promote, and support culture and discussion on union matters, with a focus on those indicated below:

a. The recovery of the historical memory of the "Unión General de Trabajadores", and its storage (as well as its expansion) in the historical archive.

b. Recognition and remembrance of the key leaders of the trade union movement, especially that of Francisco Largo Caballero.

c. The investigation and development of projects related to industrial relations, unionist sociology, historical studies, marginalized members of society, health and safety at work and the environment.

d. International cooperation geared towards the modernization of more underdeveloped countries especially in the Mediterranean and in Latin America searching for the possibility to create new international links which allow us to carry out coordinated measures and to share information.

e. Collaboration with the academic world especially with universities, through special agreements, in order to carry out joint activities.

f. The desire to face people in public to discuss the above, rather than the usual debates and discussions behind closed doors.

The composition of the Board reflected the will of UGT to open to society. In 2009 the Foundation reorganised the composition of the Board.

The funding of the foundation comes for a big part from UGT, the rest of its financing comes from projects, issued for example by the Ministry of Labor and Immigration.

The staff now includes 9 people mostly with university degree in archives, history, political science, psychology and philosophy. It has a flexible external structure of working teams giving the possibility to realize the research programme and respond to ad hoc requirements of trade unions, other social partners, research institutions and other national and international organizations. The researchers are a consolidated group of experts.

Areas of expertise and competencies

Labour migration

Exhibition, publication and website (2006-)

De la España que acoge a la España que emigra

Welfare state

Social situation in Spain I, II y III (2004-) Dir. Vicenç Navarro.

The Fundación Francisco Largo Caballero and the Public Policy Program of the University Pompeu Fabra, directed by Vicenç Navarro, have developing this line of collaboration -since 2004- in research and publication (3 volumes, in 2009 the last one).The study gives a comparative analysis at European level of the Welfare State, under different disciplines, topics of health, social protection, quality of life, education and labour market, etc.


The challenges of equality (2008-2009). Dir. José María Zufiaur

This study published in 2009 analyzes the factors of inequality and discrimination in our labour market. The study aims to also address the issue of equality in a double slope: from the labour side and the angle of employment. It is analyzing three indicators that show the degree of job satisfaction:

1. The point of view of its content

2. The side of compensation or remuneration for the work done

3. The prism of recognition at work from others.

Work programme, strategic plan, projects

· Labour migration


The migration of historical memory in the age of citizenship, directed by Antonio Izquierdo Escribano aiming to analyze the impact of Historical Memory Law in the spanish emigrants.2010

Observatory Immigration

On requirement of the UGT’s Confederal Secretary on Equality is scheduled to be starting in 2010 a new research project as target the preparation and follow-up of a set of indicators related to the phenomenon of migration.


Conference of development and deepening of the manifesto "Work, basis of sustainable economic growth"

The FFLC commissioned by the UGT’s Confederal Executive Committee coordinated collection of more than 750 signatures economists, professors and teachers of law of the work labour lawyers work, sociologists, etc. to characterize the economic crisis and the progressive exits, leaving to step of other favourable regressive reforms for workers manifests. Together with the Fundación 1º de Mayo has organized a public presentation of the manifest pointed out, on June 2009. The project is organizing in 2010 by two foundations a Conference of development and deepening in the arguments expressed that manifest, with the intervention of experts and the two Secretary-Generals UGT and CCOO, as a contribution to the ideological battle raised into the outputs to the crisis and the unemployed, productive model change, and for the dissemination of the union proposals in the social dialogue.

· Employment policy, labour market, labour market policy


Research project: New productive model

Items of the study:

- The shortcomings and weaknesses of our current production model.

- The role key of the educational system in the productive model and for the labour insertion.

- The low productivity of the Spanish economy, origin, in turn, our low income per capita and the need to increase the size of enterprises and its capacity to adapt to changes in a global environment.

- The successive and numerous labour reforms given in Spain and the necessary approach that must be given a new that could undertake, in the context of agreed reforms productive model to give the labour market, as a condition for increased stability of the productivity.

- The contribution of the system of social security to the out of the crisis. - The necessary recovery of the centrality of the work and improvement of it’s to change the productive model quality.

- The fundamental social rights and social clauses in relation to international trade and the right.

- The replacement of a model based on the competition by another cooperative from a competitive globalization to another cooperative and solidarity.

- New markets regulatory and governance and new taxation for a sustainable growth.

- The social cohesion and environmental sustainability as foundations of a new productive model.


Available on line

· Health and Safety


Occupational diseases and their costs in Spain

It is a study team of Gregory Rodríguez Cabrero, professor of Health Policy Analysis of the University. The topic is the prevention of occupational hazards, relating to professional contingencies and the qualification and registration and their impact on the national health system for consideration as common disease.


Exhibition, publication and website

-Work and health from protection to prevention.

Welfare state

· 2010

Poverty and social exclusion

In this context, the Foundation Francisco Largo Caballero raises the proposal for a study the situation of poverty and social exclusion in Spain. Especially focused on poverty risks connected with employment and social protection systems, services of general interest (such as health or education) analysis and social assistance. The study would be based on secondary, both national and international sources.

Financing and social security


The future of pensions in Spain

This research project conducted by Jordi Sevilla and a team of multidisciplinary experts in legislation and taxation (law, economics, sociology, etc.) analysed the demographic problem and the future of pensions from the perspective and analysis of the measures to be taken in the policy of income in Spain.

Publications, language, newsletter


Ámbitos (Spanish digital newsletter)

2010 NEWS

Worker´s participation


Problems of workers' representation in business organization.

Director Fernando Valdés Dal-Ré with the collaboration of Spanish Ministry of Labour and Immigration.

This research project published in 2010 has two objectives. On the one hand, analyze the social and legally typical ways of representation workers in business organizations, detecting the limitations and shortcomings of the same to ensure an exercise cash of the rights of participation of workers in the framework of new forms of economic activity. Another, to examine measures taken by national and European legislation as well as collective bargaining to these mismatches, studying of special representation modalities which aim to ensure the maintenance and, if possible, empowerment, in this new economic order, one of the pillars of the Social State and democratic of law.

See Fundación F. Largo Caballero´s publications


Industrial Relations, Business Organisation and Globalization.

This study coordinated by Fernando Valdes Dal-Ré, y Jesús Lahera Forteza, also with the collaboration of Ministry of Labour and Inmigration in 2009 published in 2010.. It´s related to news models of work organization in the age of globalization.

See Fundación F. Largo Caballero´s publications

Other networks the institute is participating in


Portal de Archivos de la Unión General de Trabajadores