Yolanda Díaz, Spain's employment minister. | Javier Lizón - EFE
Things we'd never heard of
The crisis has provoked the use of certain words at unprecedented levels, like unprecedented, and it has introduced us to concepts that few of us had ever heard of, such as furlough. Last weekend there was another - recoverable paid leave. The Spanish government announced that non-essential work activities had to cease up to and including Holy Thursday. Workers, such as those on building sites who were now deemed not to be essential, would receive this recoverable paid leave. In other words, they were having to take time off. The employment minister, Yolanda Díaz, stated that all parties must give. "It is a period of eight working days, and nobody loses their rights."