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The Secretary General of UGT, Pepe Álvarez, participates in the XLI APIE Seminar "The role of companies in the new economy".
The Secretary General of UGT, Pepe Álvarez, participates within the XLI APIE Seminar “The role of companies in the new economy.”Pedro Puente Hoyos (EFE)

Collective bargaining to chop the working day to 37.5 hours per week is heating up. If on Tuesday the president of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, challenged the second vice chairman of the Government and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, to current the regulation to chop working hours with out the signature of the employers, this Thursday each the overall secretary of UGT , Pepe Álvarez, like CC OO, Unai Sordo, have accused the employers of artificially prolonging collective bargaining, speculating that early basic elections will likely be known as within the fall and the undertaking will due to this fact decline.

“I have the intuition that CEOE wants to delay the times, waiting to see if autumn arrives, with the presentation of the budgets, the situation in Catalonia gets tangled and there is an early election and there is no reduction in working hours,” he assured. Sordo within the framework of the summer season course organized this week by the Association of Economic Information Journalists (APIE) and the Menéndez Pelayo International University: “I would urge the CEOE not to speculate with the politics of our country and to value the negotiations ”.

Álvarez, for his half, has accused the employers of introducing “noise and smoke” into the negotiation “with bad intentions”, alluding to the forecast that Garamendi made on Tuesday that if the working day is modified vastly, the following Government would change it. . “I invite you to be at the table, close an agreement with the union organizations and the Government. The vice president will be happier with an agreement than going to a legislative process without CEOE. It is not easy with the current parliamentary majority to carry out this reform and a pact should encourage the PP not to do what it did to us with the labor reform,” he said.

“There is a certain feedback,” described the overall secretary of UGT. “Garamendi likes to raise the tone with the vice president and she enters the battle. The union organizations have to maintain the tone.” Faced with the accusations of the president of the employers' affiliation, he has supported Díaz and has assured that the Government has given the social actors “a reasonable amount of time”, which for the unions is to finish the negotiations on this month of June.

Sordo has referred to Garamendi's accusation that the vice chairman has turned social dialogue right into a “social monologue.” He remembers that within the space of ​​lowering working hours they’ve two negotiating tables, one tripartite, with the Government, and one other tripartite, with solely the social brokers. He has accused the CEOE of not transferring from its first package deal of proposed measures, which he has described as a “social monologue.”

In this facet, he has additionally been according to what was expressed by his UGT counterpart. He has urged that that is the time to scale back the working day to the established 37.5 hours per week, however has set the long-term aim of reaching 32 hours per week unfold over 4 days of labor every week and three days of leisure.

Garamendi had additionally not favored some statements by the vice chairman herself on Tuesday, during which she said that the Executive will work “at cruising speed” within the negotiation to current the norm earlier than the summer season. In any case, each the employers and the unions have agreed to proceed speaking and neither celebration has even threatened to go away the desk. Garamendi has said that he’ll proceed engaged on points such because the calculation of extra time or flexibility measures, though he has clarified that he considers that the scope of those conversations needs to be addressed inside the framework of sectoral agreements.

Precisely, the potential of growing management over extra time and growing sanctions for corporations that fail to adjust to the regulation on this difficulty – the Government has thought of the potential of imposing particular person fines for every employee who doesn’t respect the rule as an alternative of the joint sanctions that now exist—in trade for a reasonable enhance within the most authorized restrict of extra time that may be carried out (now 80 per yr), has emerged as one of many doable paths in direction of an settlement between all events.

This difficulty has divided unions, with CC OO refusing to handle a rise in extra time. This Thursday, nevertheless, and given the latest statements about Garamendi, neither Álvarez nor Sordo have referred to this matter and have chosen to shut ranks and place themselves behind Díaz.

Surcharge in corporations

At the identical time, Sordo has launched the proposal to extend the cost of company tax to corporations with larger remuneration divergence between their workers and their managers. He has criticized that the remuneration of the CEOs of the Ibex 35 is 90 occasions above the typical salaries of their employees. He has additionally criticized the truth that board members are paid 20 occasions greater than workers. According to the union consultant, this may be an incentive to make “bad decisions” within the administration of corporations. He has maintained that the union is engaged on this measure and that it’s going to increase it, intimately, within the coming months.

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