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Factsheet for measure ES-2020-22/1221 – measures in Spain

Agreement in the Bingo Sector to maintain employment levels and companies during the lockdown

Acuerdo entre sindicatos y empresas para intentar preservar empleos y empresas en el sector del bingo en el proceso de desconfinamiento

Country Spain , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 27 May 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Bipartite collective agreements
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Change of work arrangements (working time, rota schemes)
Author Carlos Molina (UAB)
Measure added 02 October 2020 (updated 02 December 2020)

Background information

The purpose of the agreement is to guarantee business continuity without loss of employment, through measures temporary regulation of employment and internal flexibility. As a necessary measure, the extension of the temporary employment regulation files during the third quarter of 2020 is proposed, extendable, where appropriate, if the serious economic situation in the sector persists.

Content of measure

The terms and conditions agreed cover all companies in the sector. Three policies are put in place in order to help recover the sector:

Extraordinary measures in terms of social contributions for those companies in temporary employment regulation files during 2020 in the Bingo Game sector .

The organizing and marketing companies of the Bingo Game that apply temporary employment regulation files during the second semester of 2020, will be exonerated from the payment of the employer social security contributions.

Extraordinary measures regarding unemployment protection .

All the unemployment protection measures provided for in article 25 of Royal Decree-Law 8/2020, of March 17, will be applicable to workers affected by the temporary employment regulation files in the Bingo Game labor sector, derived from COVID-19 and until December 31, 2020.

The workers affected by the measures derived from temporary collective dismissal in the sector during 2020, will not remain unemployed for more than 180 days. For this purpose, if a longer period of application of the collective dismissal is required, the consequent rotation rule will be established in the affectation of the company's workers, in order to distribute the work period during the current year 2020 and prevent the unemployment for each of the workers for more than 180 days in 2020. This measure may be waived when due to the size of the workforce it is impossible to adopt it.

Specific protection of workers with discontinuous permanent contracts .

The discontinuous permanent contractual modality is very present in some geographical areas of the Bingo Game sector, and as a consequence sectoral social partners consider that measures of maintenance and protection of discontinuous permanent employment have to be adopted, given its nature of a stable and indefinite contract .

In each company, with the legal representation of the workers, a joint commission will be set up to apply and monitor the measures to suspend contracts and reduce working hours. These commissions must be constituted before June 30, 2020.

Use of measure

No data available.


  • Employment retention
  • Income protection

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Social partners jointly
Trade unions
Employers' organisations
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level


Bi-partite agreement between trade unions and employer organisations in the Bingo Sector.

Views and reactions

Social partners agreed on the need to use extraordinary measures in order to reduce the impact of the lockdown in employment in the sector.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R92 Gambling and betting activities

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 27 May 2020: PROPUESTAS COMPARTIDAS EN EL SECTOR DEL JUEGO DEL BINGO (OCIO y TURISMO) Para dirigirlas a la Comisión de Seguimiento tripartita laboral del proceso de desconfinamiento (RDL. 18/2020) (


Eurofound (2020), Agreement in the Bingo Sector to maintain employment levels and companies during the lockdown, measure ES-2020-22/1221 (measures in Spain), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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