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Spanish customs

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Spanish practices

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(Industrial Relations & HR Terms) informal irregular practices among a group of workers to gain increased financial allowances, reduced working hours, etc. Also called: old Spanish customs or old Spanish practices
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"I regarded these Spanish practices as completely unacceptable," he told the tribunal.
The chapter's conclusion that "standard Spanish practices may have contributed to the sense of an oriental Spain that emerges from the Black Legend pamphlets" (120)--an important contribution to the analysis of this propagandist discourse--usefully observes its replication in Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene, Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, and Middleton's A Game at Chess, among other early modern English texts.
One is tempted to accuse the banks of Spanish practices. But, of course, that is exactly what has been going on at Santander, which swallowed up the Abbey.
If it had not been for Mrs T practically the whole of the nation's newspaper industry would have been closed down by the communistic print barons whose outrageous demands and Spanish practices made a mockery of industrial workings and it took courage to take that lot on as I well know because I worked in the newspaper industry from leaving school.
Was it Spanish practices on the part of workers, in which case ditto.
Sir David's message is that we can sort out Britain's banking woes without Spanish practices. The ingenuity of his report is it needs no legislation, requires no activity whatever from Parliament or the Government.
CARDIFF'S Tory group hit out at "Spanish practices" among bin men as they defended their call to freeze council tax this year.
Soca chairman Sir Stephen Lander also revealed that bosses had been forced to crack down on "Spanish practices" by some staff - who came from police, Customs and other law enforcement agencies - such as bumping up overtime hours.
The row has finally convinced council chiefs to tackle the "Spanish practices" distorting wage packets.
The New York Times published an editorial titled, "A Chill in Spain," and the Financial Times ran an opinion piece titled, "Spanish Practices," which ended with these words:
His chapter on religious life outlines in fascinating detail the survival and adaptation of native beliefs and practices, the untranslatability of many Christian concepts into native language and belief systems, and the Mixtecs' ambivalent acceptance of the "God from Castile." Other scholars before him have pointed to the relatively slow spread of the Spanish landed estate, the hacienda, in the area, but Terraciano is able to connect this convincingly to native retention of land and other resources within the forms of community, property, and inheritance bridging Mixtec and Spanish practices. The book's running comparisons between Mixtec and Nahua practices, and the way both regions adapted to Spanish rule, is extremely thoughtful and informative.
Now it would be worth finding out what the local lingo for ''Spanish Practices'' is before you head off to the Costas.