Díaz proposes opening company boards of directors to workers

Vice President Yolanda Díaz during the informative breakfast. / EP

The minister will address with the social agents the "problem" of the 110,000 vacant positions for which there is no staff, especially in commerce, construction and hospitality

Edurne Martinez

The Minister of Labor considers that "who most loves a company are its workers." And under that premise, she is preparing a constitutional reform so that the employees of a company participate in its board of directors, following the model of Germany. At an informative breakfast for Europa Press, Yolanda Díaz announced her intention to “democratize” companies in this way.

The way to carry out this measure will be through the modification of Article 129.2 of the Constitution. "It has to be changed, democracy has to reach the business world," he said, emphasizing that this will improve productivity and living conditions at work.

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He considers that in companies such as Navantia, which has workers on its board of directors, the model "works very well." There are decisions such as the relocation of certain companies that, if they had had the presence of employees on their boards, "would not have taken place," said the minister.

unfilled vacancies

On the other hand, Díaz confirmed that in Spain there are 109,000 vacant positions for which there is no staff. This phenomenon called "great resignation" is a "problem" for the country, he acknowledged. Despite this, he explained that the impact is not as strong as in other European countries, since the proportion of vacancies stands at 0.7%, according to Eurostat data, when the eurozone average is 2.5 %.

The head of Labor announced that she will convene the social agents in "the coming weeks" to address this issue. Even so, Spain is the country least affected by this, with Germany in the lead with 3.5% of vacancies. The minister specified that the sectors in which there is a higher proportion of unfilled positions are commerce, administrative tasks, construction, hospitality and the digital sector. “Digital requires a very high qualification, which may be easier to solve if we see the training needs,” said Díaz, who considers that it is necessary to “sit down” and “look for ways out” for those 109,000 vacancies
in a country with 3 million unemployed.

The minister affirmed that it is necessary to “accompany” unions and employers in this problem, despite the fact that she considers that the Vocational Training Law “will give its results”, as well as the status of the intern that is being negotiated.

Reduction of working hours

Likewise, Díaz reiterated his intention to launch a law on the use of time, in which reductions in working hours and the problem of face-to-face work times are addressed, which "do not serve" to improve the productivity of companies. "You have to improve people's lives by looking towards labor flexibility," he assured during his appearance. And he opened the door to the creation of a "pool of hours" as in Sweden in which the worker agrees "a different working day" with the employer. "Speaking in the 21st century of conciliation is a bit narrow," said the minister.

In addition, Díaz assured that "there are business margins" to raise wages and be "co-responsible" with the moment that Spain is experiencing high inflation. "The 64,000 million euros in profits that listed companies have had provide plenty of room," said the minister, who assures that "there would be no better reputation campaign" for them and referred to the measure taken this week by the Italian Government to raise from 10% to 25% the tax paid by electricity companies for their extraordinary profits.

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