Dismissal, part-time employment and reduction in working hours will be the three great workhorses of the unions for this new legislature. The general secretary of CC OO, Unai Sordo, joined the challenges recently raised by his UGT counterpart, Pepe Álvarez, and advocated modifying the dismissal regime. And he went further by advancing three proposals that will be made to the new Government: modify the option of reinstatement in unfair dismissal so that the one who decides is the worker and not the company, recover the processing salaries and implement a minimum compensation for termination of contract beyond the one that exists now, which is based exclusively on the worker's seniority.
"We want there to be a minimum compensation that is sufficiently dissuasive to put a stop to the bad habit of firing at the end of the month," he explained at a breakfast with the press held this Thursday. This will be one of the great challenges of CC OO, waiting for what the Committee of European Rights decides, which has yet to respond to both their demand and that of UGT in which they denounce that the compensation for unfair dismissal must be increased. because it's too cheap. The union defends that a "minimum, accessible and effective" compensation must be established, which can be quantified based on the salary and seniority of the worker, so that it is a sufficient amount to achieve compensation and discourage practices. of unfair dismissal. "It would have to be an excessively high compensation for it to have a deterrent effect," Sordo specifies, since "with very short seniority, the compensation is not dissuasive and the employer ends up dismissing the worker."
In addition, CC OO will fight to recover the processing salaries that were eliminated by the 2012 labor reform, so that when a company dismisses a worker unfairly or a court declares the dismissal null and void, the affected person can receive payment of all salaries. that you should have received during the time you have not been working. Furthermore, they will advocate that in the case of unfair dismissal, it is the worker who decides whether he returns to the company or not, and it is not the company that has the power to opt for reinstatement or compensation.
CC OO also urged a new "more guaranteeing" regulation of part-time employment, which in Spain in the vast majority of cases is unwanted and mostly affects women. More specifically, it will propose that complementary hours be consolidated as ordinary if they are used continuously and abusively, and the part-time contract may even be transformed into a full-time contract.
Increase by law of the SMI
More specifically, they will propose that when there is an abuse of the use of overtime, they are transformed into effective hours of working time. That is, if additional hours are recorded continuously, for a long period of time, which is agreed upon in collective bargaining, these will become part of the official work day. They will even propose that the part-time contract be directly transformed into a full-time contract if the sum of ordinary and complementary hours reaches a certain percentage of full-time hours, for example, 80%.
The proposals that CC OO wants to bring to the political debate in the new legislature also involve establishing, by law, that the minimum interprofessional salary (SMI) must be at least 60% of the average salary and specifying what the salary is. average, as well as that the working day be reduced to 35 hours per week. Regarding this last point, Sordo believes that the formula should not be limited to a single format and that collective bargaining would be the best formula to achieve it, whether four days a week, or one hour less each day, or fewer hours per month. .