The time reform initiative is created in autumn, 2013 and it is presented at a ceremony held at the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona on January 29, 2014. A Commission consisting of fifteen experts is constituted to act as its driving force. Their aim is to lay the foundations, raise awareness and draw up a time use reform within three years.
To that end, it proposes a document summarising the main claims for a Time Use Reform.
The Government (Generalitat de Catalunya) expresses its institutional support for The use Reform through a Government Agreement on March 18, 2014. Motion 646/X is approved at the same time by the Catalan Parliament and a Commission to support the Time use Reform is created.
Between September 15 and 21, 2014, the first Time Use Reform week is organised.
Between 2014 and 2015 groundwork reports coordinated by the Advisory Board for Sustainable Development (CAD), (Consell Assessor per a la Sostenibilitat ), the Parliament of Catalonia and the Catalan Council for Social and Economic Work (Consell de Treball Economic I i Social de Catalunya), are presented.
Pilot tests and awareness-raising actions are pushed through in several sectors and regions. Over 20 companies, entities and councils participate in a change process towards the time use reform. The Catalan Parliament becomes the first public institution to adapt the working hours proposed by the Initiative. The local institutions also adopt some of the proposals in the areas of commerce and catering in several municipalities such as, Vilafranca del Penedés (2015), Prats de Llucanes, Argentona and Lleida (2016). (2016)
Between June 6 and 12, 2015, the second Time Use Reform Week is organised.
The Catalan Government agrees upon the creation of an Advisory Board for the Time Use Reform (CADS) (Consell Assessor per la Sostenibilitat) on July 15, 2015, to open a social dialogue process. The original expert group is then transformed into an Advisory Board attached to the Catalan Government's Presidency Department. The Advisory Board is presented on July 20, 2015 at a ceremony with President Artur Mas in the Government main building.
Between June 6 and 10, 2016, the third Time Use Reform Week is organised.
On September 22, 2016 “The Labour Agreement Settlement to promote The Time Use Reform at work: Ten goals for the collective bargaining process” is signed within the framework of the Labour Relations Board.
Given the success of the pilot tests, on November 4, 2016, with the attendance of the Vice-president of the Catalan Government, Oriol Junqueras, the Time Use Reform Inventory is presented as a self-assessment tool for organisations regarding their use of time.
From September to December 2016, a participatory process to debate the time use reform takes place. Face-to-face sessions are held in twelve different municipalities across Catalonia.
Along these three years, the members of the Advisory Board carry out several hundred informative meetings and conferences with several social agents throughout the region.
On January 18, 2017, The Network of Cities and Towns for The Time Use Reform is born, recognizing the importance of municipalities as change agents to promote better working hours. Previously, the two main municipalities’ organisations (ACM and FMC) had urged the local areas to take a step forward to reform their working hours.
On March 10, 2017, The Document “Basis for the promotion of The Pact for the Time Use Reform” is validated through the consultation process developed by means of a “Four-Sided Committees”.
Once the report is handed over to the Presidency Minister, Neus Munté, the Advisory Board for the Time Use Reform concludes its work. On June 2, 2017, they meet for the last time with the aim of assessing the Time Use Reform Pact proposal presented by the Government.
Between June 12 and 18, 2017, the fourth Time Use Reformtable Week 4 is organised.
On July 17, 2017, several organizations from civil society, key stakeholders and the general public sign the Time Use Reform Pact in a solemn ceremony in the Catalan Government, including the Catalan Government president, Mr. Carles Puigdemont. As a result, 110 promoting entities and organisations commit themselves to work together towards a common goal to implement the Time Use Reform Pact measures by 2025.
In 2019, the Initiative decides to follow two parallel paths. On the one hand, it aims at supporting and encouraging the implementation of the Catalan Time Use Reform towards its goal by 2025. On the other hand, it starts a new path towards internationalisation, following the ambitious goal of becoming a reference spokesperson for the improvement of time-related policies in three years, under the name Barcelona Time Use Initiative for a Healthy Society.