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Fundación Francisco Largo Caballero

Address :
C/ Colegios, 7
28801   Alcalá de Henares (MADRID)


Contact person :
Jesús Pérez Martínez
Phone: +34 918852408

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The work carried out by the foundation in its early years consisted in mainly recovering historical documents with regard to trade unionism from all over the world, such as the UGT archives in exile.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

Monographic http://www.ugt.es/fflc/publicac/publicac.htm

Ámbitos (Spanish digital newsletter) http://www.ugt.es/fflc/ambitos/ambitos.htm

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

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