Differences within the Government on pension policy. The Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, considers that promoting the prolongation of working life beyond the retirement age, as Minister José Luis Escrivá intends to make his government partnerIt doesn’t seem like the “right way” to him. This was expressed in an interview this Monday in ‘La Hora de la 1’ on TVE, where he explained that in his opinion this policy “hinders the ability to incorporate young people” into the labor market and has advanced that there is “a negotiation open “in this regard between the two parties that make up the Executive, United We Can and PSOE.
Incentives to extend working life are lacking: Spain is the second EU country with the lowest rate of workers aged 65 and over
The Minister of Labor stressed that “the challenge of our country is to incorporate young people into the labor market”, with an unemployment rate of “36.5%”, so in her opinion “encourage us to extend and also encourage the retirement age beyond the legal age obviously I think hinders the possibility of incorporating young people “.
Yolanda Díaz stressed that the labor market in Spain is “deeply aged”, which requires renewal, and also pointed out that the “productive structure” in Spain “is not that of European countries”, where employment is more widespread. prolongation of working life among the elderly. Spain is the second country in the EU with the lowest rate of workers over 65, only 2.4%.
“To penalize professional careers in a country that has a productive structure that is not that of other European countries. That is, to penalize cleaners, bricklayers, people who are in the trade, many shop assistants, work beyond that age I believe that It is not the right way, “said the head of the Ministry of Labor.
Negotiation between PSOE and United We Can
Yolanda Díaz has responded about the plans of the person in charge of the future pension reform to be approved by the coalition government, José Luis Escrivá, and that he is waiting for the Toledo Pact to conclude its recommendations. The Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations explained last week some of the measures that his team is preparing to promote the delay of effective retirement in Spain, of 64.6 years, to bring it closer to the legal age of retirement, now 65 years and 10 months. Mainly, he pointed out two courses of action: toughen early retirement, especially focused on higher pensions, and encourage “delayed retirement”, by which you can voluntarily extend your working life beyond the legal retirement age.
The Minister of Labor has advanced that in addition to the negotiation that exists between all the political parties on the pension system in the parliamentary commission of the Toledo Pact, which seems to conclude shortly, the two formations that make up the coalition Government also have “an open negotiation” on the pension reform that the Executive is going to carry out.
Díaz added that the Ministry of Labor will present shortly, in the hands of the Prime Minister, a conference on “the reshaping of active policies” of employment, with new projects within the European Reconstruction Plan for the digitization of the sector, in addition of a youth employment strategy that will be known “in the coming days.”