January 24, 2021

The Spanish Minister of Labor advocates for decent employment and inclusion of women

The Spanish Minister of Labor advocates for decent employment and inclusion of women



The Minister of Labor, Migration and Social Security of Spain, Magdalena Valerio, today called for the recovery of decent, safe and decent employment, and called for focusing efforts on the inclusion of women in working life.

During his participation in one of the plenary sessions of the X Ibero-American Conference of Ministers of Labor, Employment and Security, Valerio admitted that all countries are suffering the effects of the so-called "economic globalization".

He explained how his Government has acted within the framework of "the perch" of the 2030 Agenda and the fulfillment of the sustainable development objectives.

These adopted measures, grouped in "the agenda of change", seek to achieve a "more just and equitable" and prosperous growth by addressing common challenges, such as youth unemployment or job insecurity.

"The only way to achieve decent and sustainable jobs is social dialogue, an essential requirement to improve the lives of working people but also of the unemployed and those who are looking for work," he proclaimed.

This, he continued, focused on the need to "renew and reinforce" the social distribution so that the labor market "becomes a decisive factor" for the achievement of "more equal and just" societies, where social cohesion is a guarantee of "peace and stability".

This is how his Government, he said, has undertaken a series of measures to improve those working conditions, recover labor rights, have decent wages or incorporate into the market vulnerable groups whose employment requires the intervention of public authorities.

Among them stood out the people with functional diversity, with compulsory reserve quotas, labor anchors or promotion of special employment centers, and women, more than half of the population in the world.

Valerio explained how in Spain there are still labor differences between men and women -both in the activity rate, occupation rate and unemployment rate- and that is why he advocated joining efforts such as the creation of 0 to 3 year old schools, increasing coverage social services or approving the law of equality between men and women.

"So that it is not women who have to remain the ones who have to stay at home," he said, adding that we must "remove obstacles so that formal equality is real equality".

Before concluding her speech, the minister invited all her Ibero-American counterparts to a ministerial conference to be held next March, probably in Madrid, to discuss the future of work.

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