Spain leaves Franco in past as it seeks to move clocks back an hour

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Labour minister hopes to banish Franco-era decision to align country with Hitlers Germany

Spains government will consider reversing a decision by dictator Francisco Franco and move the countrys clocks back one hour, the labour minister said on Monday.

Spain was originally in the Greenwich Mean Time zone along with Britain and Portugal, with which it is geographically in line but Franco shifted Spains clocks one hour ahead to be in line with Adolf Hitlers Nazi Germany.

Labour minister Ftima Bez told parliament she wanted to bring Spains working days in line with the rest of Europe.

We want our workdays to finish at six oclock and to achieve this we will work towards striking a deal with representatives from both companies and trade unions, she said.

Supporters of moving the clock back one hour say it would improve Spains weak productivity and allow for a better work/life balance. Due to its time zone, Spaniards have worked longer hours and finished later than in other European countries.

The Peoples party of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the smaller Ciudadanos party agreed on the reform in August. The Socialists, the main opposition party, also support it, making it more likely to pass through a fragmented parliament.

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