The Government offers to negotiate “soon” the repeal of the labor reform to demobilize the unions

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The convocation of the unions to mobilize against the Government on February 11 has prompted the Executive to offer them the partial repeal of the labor reform in a negotiation that will open “soon” and that should be carried out in weeks. The written commitment is to “balance” labor relations within the companies and includes the list of demands that the unions have described as the “most harmful aspects” of the labor reform approved by the Government of Mariano Rajoy in 2012.

Thus, Work will put on the table to return to the ultra-active agreements, thus preventing them from decaying if there is no renewal agreement; vary the current relationships between sectoral agreements and company agreements; limit the entrepreneurial capacity to unilaterally modify working conditions and move towards the equality of working conditions for workers in subcontracted companies with those of workers in the main company.

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In total, the document of reform commitments that has been transferred to the European Union and that has been provided to the social agents for their analysis proposes 17 objectives. These include ending the temporary nature of hiring, making ERTEs that have cushioned the impact of the Covid into permanent elements of labor regulation, or modernizing everything related to active employment policies. and the State Public Employment Service (SEPE), totally overcome by this crisis.

The specific date to open the negotiations has not been specified, although union sources indicated that they will not lend themselves to an opening that serves to deactivate their protests called for in three weeks. The Minister of Labor, Yolanda DÃaz, showed last Tuesday her understanding with the unrest of the unions, which they have included in their arguments to protest against Pedro Sánchez the freezing of the Interprofessional Minimum Wage (SMI). This decision taken by Vice President Nadia Calvio meant publicly disavowing DÃaz, who had been in favor of companies agreeing to raise the lowest legal salaries by “just nine euros.”

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After the setback, the person in charge of Labor has resumed the activity closing an agreement with employers and unions in which it has been inflexible to the demand of the former to make a proportional application of the penalties for dismissal included in the agreement. After pointing out that the condition remains intact in its “strict literal sense”, he asked the businessmen for “trust” in the Government more in a tone of reproach than proximity. To specify the notice, he recalled that social dialogue is a process that can end with unanimous agreements or bipartisan agreements, that is, it will not necessarily wait for CEOE and Cepyme to give their approval to carry out the changes foreseen in the 2012 labor reform.

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