"More than 1,000 officials will be incorporated"

The Ministry of Labor is committed to improving the means of the future SEPE, which will become the Spanish Employment Agency with the Employment Law presented this Tuesday by the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz. This transition will be accompanied by more troops in the coming months. As explained on Wednesday by the Secretary of State for Labor, Joaquín Pérez Rey, "in the coming months 1,000 civil servants will be incorporated" to strengthen the public service.

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The Council of Ministers has approved this Tuesday the Employment Law, which will now face the parliamentary procedure for its final approval. The regulation, included in the Government's reform commitments with Brussels within the Recovery Plan after the pandemic, aims to "modernize" the public employment services so that they are more effective, with "individualized" attention and advice to the population, has explained the Vice President and Minister of Labor Yolanda Díaz. The rule means goodbye to the SEPE (Public State Employment Service) that will become the 'Spanish Employment Agency'. A change that will take place in a period of "six months", said Díaz.

Pérez Rey acknowledges that the SEPE has been a fundamental service during the pandemic, along with public health. “The new law is an enormous opportunity for another of the great Achilles heels of the Spanish labor system”, he has defended, stating that it was a “continually postponed reform”. "Job seekers or those looking for new opportunities must have means in the public system", defended Pérez Rey during the third day of the UIMP summer courses organized by the APIE in Santander.

The Secretary of State has defended during his participation in this forum, which is held throughout the week in the Cantabrian capital, that "there is much to do" in the Spanish labor market after the approval of the labor reform at the end of last year. Among other issues that the Ministry has on the table is the formalization of a Scholarship Holder Statute in Spain. This matter is in a social dialogue table from which the basic rights of these workers in training, their remuneration or to avoid an abuse of this figure by the companies must come out. Pérez Rey has indicated that it is "very advanced" and that it is expected that at the next meeting, next week, an agreement can be closed. “There is a fairly advanced consensus”, he has emphasized.

Another issue is the recognition of unemployment protection for domestic workers after the condemnation of Spain by the CJEU and the formalization a few days ago in Congress of the international agreement on labor rights for this group. "We trust that it will reach the Council of Ministers as soon as possible", defended Pérez Rey, who has not specified whether this will take place before the summer legislative break. "We have a very elaborate and finalized text, we intend to get it to the table of the Council of Ministers as soon as possible", he assured.

Pérez Rey has avoided assessing the disagreements between the unions and the employers on account of the income pact against inflation. During this week, in the same forum in which the Secretary of State has participated, both legs of the social dialogue table have shown the clear differences that exist and the distance from an agreement. "Neither the Government nor the Ministry is responsible for interfering," Pérez Rey has defended, who has limited this problem to a "bilateral negotiation." However, he has argued that "wages must be protected" and that "they are not responsible for rising prices."

Pérez Rey has also addressed the problem of job market vacancies. After the last analysis meeting that the Ministry is holding, held this Tuesday, the Secretary of State defends that "there is no serious problem" in Spain and that "there is nothing like that which has been called the great resignation." He has assured that there are two aspects that show the problems to find work. One case, he has pointed out, is that of qualified jobs, for which he assures that the Ministry works to improve the training of employees. On the other, in "lower specialization" jobs, referring to sectors such as hospitality, which he has avoided mentioning. "The difficulty is often linked to vacancies but to the poor working conditions that are being offered", he assured. “There are sectors that if they do not guarantee these working conditions, they have problems finding workers. There is a lack of willingness to accept working conditions that are not desirable, ”he has settled.

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