The Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, said this Thursday that the Government will guarantee that there is social dialogue, but “without the right of veto”, because “the veto is not dialogue”, and has made it clear that will legislate if agreement is not reached between all parties in the different negotiating tables to repeal the labor reform. “It is a process. Social dialogue can end in many ways, “the minister added in a meeting organized by the newspaper Público, after noting that the negotiation” will be guaranteed “, but that” if one of the parties does not agree, is going to legislate.
The head of the Ministry has made it clear that Spain “feels exemplary” in social dialogue and that the tasks to repeal the most urgent aspects of the labor reform were already “well advanced” last March, when the negotiation was halted due to the pandemic.
Díaz also pointed out that on Wednesday his department held a meeting with the employment spokespersons of the different political groups in Congress to explain everything that is going to be done in labor matters and what has been sent to Europe. For the minister, it is necessary to resume as soon as the negotiation of the Law on digital platforms ends, known as the Riders Law -and that could be closed at the meeting to be held next Wednesday-, the table for the repeal of the most urgent aspects of the 2012 labor reform.
“I would like it to be quick, but I know that when they sit down to work (the social partners in social dialogue), things are more difficult,” said Díaz, who has announced that a meeting will take place with the employer and unions to speak “of the pace and approach” with which the issues will be addressed and has stated that the Ministry “will respect what they agree to.”
Also on this day, the CCOO Secretary General, Unai Sordo, stated that the current labor model “must be broken and broken” and that this, in practice, supposes the repeal of the last labor reform, but “not thinking about 1999, but about 2021”, he stated.
For Sordo, “the needs of the Spanish economy and the working class to change this labor model that generates precariousness, well deserves the attempt to reach agreements that consolidate these changes.”
For his part, the leader of the UGT, Pepe Álvarez, has made it clear that it is essential that the dialogue to repeal the labor reform “be approached in a balanced situation, which allows the reforms that we finally tackle to have as a consequence updated labor relations , that they serve for the productive model that we want to start up and that they end precariousness and inequality ”.
“The negotiation it won’t be easy at all, because in one way or another, with some statements or with others we are seeing that every day new problems arise and sticks are put in the wheels, “he said, after stating that trade union organizations, beyond the policies they put With the government or the agreed program underway, what they are clear about is that the country is going through a situation that is “absolutely unbearable” for the vast majority of workers.
On the other hand, the PSOE employment officer, Toni Ferrer, sees it necessary to respect social dialogue and to give “the necessary time”, because “if the reform proposals come from the social dialogue, they will be a guarantee of greater stability”. Likewise, Ferrer has stressed that “authoritarian models of legislation cannot be allowed in the 21st century.”
Regarding the implementation of the fourth day workday, Díaz has asked what is the use of a four-day workday if on those days you work twelve hours. “It is a rigid proposal and I think the great debate is the use of time, life, work, cities, rest and being able to develop as human beings,” he added.
In fact, think that the time of life, of rest and of focusing on oneself should be in the center. «In the 20th century we defined our life and residence by working time, now it must be the other way around. Rigid conditions are not valid ”, according to the minister.
For his part, Ferrer believes that a four-day event will be seen in Spain in the coming years, just as Álvarez believes. The highest representative of UGT believes that “the world will not be able to maintain itself without a reduction in the working day.” “It is absolutely essential to reduce work time and we will start to see it very soon, probably in the next two years,” according to Álvarez.
Sordo thinks that the four-day working day will be seen in certain companies and sectors, but not in the whole of the Spanish economy. “The debate of the day will have more to do with the distribution of work time,” according to the CCOO leader.