EXCLUSIVE by Eloise Horsfield
AN expat businessman has slammed the authorities for ‘destroying morale’ after being given just a fortnight to cobble together 13 separate documents about his staff.
Peter Langdale, who runs a seed nursery in Velez Malaga, was outraged after receiving a letter from the Employment Ministry ordering him to supply information about his 100-strong workforce.
The documents relate to staff salaries, promotions and equal opportunities – with the threat of a €6,000 fine if anything was missing.
The demands even included a dossier on company maternity and breastfeeding policy.
“It’s ridiculous,” said the Yorkshireman, 58, who set up his business nearly three decades ago. “The economy needs companies like mine to provide jobs right now, so we need to be supported.
“Spain is the 136th hardest country in the world to set up a business – even harder than in Zambia and Cameroon.
“Why should people bother to try when they’re going to get kicked in the teeth like this?”
As it happens his company has been able to meet the demands as it has a human resources department which was able to locate everything needed.
“But for small and medium-sized companies it’s a very different story.
“I know another business owner, also in the horticulture business, who only employs four people.
“His business was severely damaged during the floods in September and just as he was starting to recover from that, he got a similar demand on his doormat. It completely destroys morale.”