The time has come to dismantle the labor reform of the PP and to approve changes against excessive temporality. Of both things and right now, so that the modifications are ready this year 2021. It is one of the announcements that the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, and future third vice president of the Government, has transmitted this Monday, in an appearance in the Congress of the Deputies. Their message responds to the pulse they maintain employers with the Government to delay changes in the labor legislation of the PP, supported by Vice President Nadia Calviño, who has publicly defended that now we must focus on the fight against temporality and look to the “future” instead of the “past.”
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“I am a very modern woman, believe me. Look at the past just and necessary,” said the Minister of Labor this Monday when justifying the dismantling of the 2012 labor reform, a clear nod to Calviño, the colleague of the Council of Ministers with the one with the most differences. Many eyes were on Yolanda Díaz’s appearance this morning, the first since she Pablo Iglesias will point her out as a possible future leader of United We Can and as Vice President of the Government due to her departure as a candidate for the Madrid elections on May 4.
Yolanda Díaz’s words have insisted today more than ever on her express and continuous commitment to dialogue, reinforcing the conciliatory profile and by the agreement that has characterized so far his mandate in Labor. Dialogue, dialogue and more dialogue. Either the social, with the employers and unions, as well as with the rest of political formations and with the Autonomous Communities.
The minister’s friendly and conciliatory tone has only been interrupted by statements by the Popular Party spokesman, Diego Movellán, who Díaz has asked to withdraw by machoOn the fact that the women of United We Can “only rise through the ranks if they hold on tight to a ponytail.”
The “urgent” labor reform endorsed by the coalition
The Minister of Labor recalled that the social dialogue table on the modernization of the labor market already began last week and that it will address both the dismantling of various elements of the PP labor reform as well as other legislative modifications, such as subcontracting (the most controversial for entrepreneurs) and the limitation of employment contracts to curb excessive temporary employment in Spain.
This last point is one of the most required by Brussels to Spain, the European leader in this form of job insecurity, and Díaz has assured that throughout 2021 the government will comply with the 17 reforms in labor matters promised to the European Commission.
As usual, Díaz has referred to the agreement of the coalition government to urge the reversal of various elements of the PP’s labor legislation. This Monday, the minister recalled its literalness, for those who are inclined to delay it. The pact between PSOE and United We Can “does not speak of more harmful elements, it speaks of more urgent,” he stressed. Thus, Yolanda Díaz has insisted, the time to address this negotiation is now.
The PSOE deputy Ester Peña has expressed to the minister “the disposition” of the socialist group in Congress to “leave behind the labor reform of the PP”, as has the United We can group that is part of the Government and others like ERC, EH Bildu and even PNV, with regard to rebalancing collective bargaining. Díaz recalled that several of these changes were well advanced since the last legislature, with Minister Magdalena Valerio at the head of Labor.
Review the temporality and active employment policies
At the same time, Yolanda Díaz has insisted that the present is also the time to reformulate hiring in Spain, so as to tackle the high temporality, and to modernize active employment policies, to re-engage people in the labor market in unemployment.
The Government intends to substantially reduce the types of contracts, for basically three contractual formulas: the indefinite contract, which should be the most generalized; the temporary contract, which is adjusted to the justified causes for it; and finally, the training contract, which allows a better insertion of young people into the job market. Díaz has called on the rest of the parliamentary groups to agree to a reform in this sense, which allows to leave behind the entrenched problem that has been the high temporality in Spain since the 80s.
Regarding the renewal of active employment policies, the minister has announced that at the end of March or beginning of April she intends to have the first changes in the Employment Law ready that will give way to the modernization of these policies for labor insertion. Yolanda Díaz has trusted that a social agreement will be reached imminently and with the rest of the Communities in this matter, to make these policies individualized and allow the monitoring and evaluation of their results.
Díaz has also responded to one of the most current problems of his Ministry, the cyberattack suffered by the SEPE. The Minister of Labor explained that the service is almost fully recovered and has guaranteed that “no citizen will have delays” in their benefits.