Labor inspectors demand more means to "not always be late" to fraud

Labor inspectors demand more means to "not always be late" to fraud

The labor inspectors and sub-inspectors of the Canary Islands will mobilize today, at 12 in the morning, before the two provincial headquarters as a step prior to the indefinite strike called throughout the State and which will begin on June 26 with the aim of requesting more personal and material means to be able to fight against fraud in the islands. This is indicated by Oriana Betancor, spokesperson for the Las Palmas Labor Inspectors Union and member of the Progressive Union of Labor Inspectors, and who demands that the Government of Spain and more specifically the Ministry of Finance give the go-ahead for the list of jobs (RPT) promised two years ago and that still has not arrived.

As he explains, in the Canary Islands The body is made up of about 200 people who have to cover the eight islands and in shifts that often depend on the services, so that if there is a complaint about a disco that opens from twelve at night until five in the morning, the inspector or sub-inspector must go at that time. When it is not a complaint, it is a work accident that requires the presence of the inspector and yes, not a campaign launched by the Government of Spain and that is prioritized over the pending work, as denounced by Betancor, with which many performances "wait in line" for a slot to perform. "In this way it is impossible to act ex officio and appear in a store, in a hotel or in a restaurant," says Betancor, who assures that many times, when the worker who has denounced is going to act no longer works in that company or even, the business has already closed. "There are very few of us for the work that there is, so we are always late and we cannot be effective in the fight against fraud," indicates this inspector from Las Palmas, who points out that the delay in the proceedings "is leaving many workers abandoned."

"We are not operational and efficient with the resources we have," says Betancor. As they highlight, the needs in the Canary Islands are even greater than those that exist in other parts of the national territory due to the peculiarities of remoteness and insularity. «Fuerteventura was, for example, my first destination. I was there three years. On this island there are only three inspectors to cover the entire island and there is a lot of labor conflict. There is a large immigrant population and they are the most vulnerable workerswhich generates a breeding ground that requires more media," he says.

Betancor points out that the current inspectors and sub-inspectors do a great job "but they don't give more" because the volume is much greater than their capacity to attend to it. “We covered everything but we were late. The Government of Spain should not allow this », he says. As he explains, currently in June, he is starting to work on complaints that were filed in December and January of last year. «We did not arrive. It is impossible », denounces him.

One inspector or sub-inspector for 10,546 workers

The Labor and Social Security inspector, Oriana Betancor, who is the spokesperson for the Union of Inspectors in Las Palmaspoints to the high ratio of workers for each inspector or sub-inspector in the Canary Islands to show that it is "impossible to reach the workers who need it".

"It is totally poor, third world"says Betancor. As he explains, the International Labor Organization (ILO) points out that there must be one inspector for every 10,000 workers and in Spain there is one inspector or sub-inspector for that number of employees. "It is half of what the ILO demands," denounces Betancor, who calls on the Government of Spain to act and approve once and for all the RTP promised two years ago and which still has not arrived. "The Government has until July 23, when the elections are held, to be able to approve the RPT and it must do so," says this inspector.

The collective will initiate an indefinite strike throughout the State on Friday, June 23. As Betancor indicates, the Labor Inspectorate lacks personal and material resources. In addition to few inspectors and sub-inspectors in the Canary Islands, they do not even have a computer and the printer has not been working for months. «For the media that we have, the work that we carry out is enormous. but the situation no longer exceeds itself, "he says.