Labor offers an ultimatum to the employers: calls for that they ship their proposal now if they need an agreed discount in working hours | Economy | EUROtoday

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The Ministry of Labor took cost of the negotiations to chop the working day – leaving it at 38.5 hours per week this yr and 37.5 in 2025 – final week because of the little progress within the talks that union and employer organizations had been holding. . The Secretary of State for Labor and Social Economy, Joaquín Pérez Rey, introduced this Monday, after the final three-way assembly, that he expects actions from employers within the subsequent seven days in response to the draft that the Ministry transferred to the social brokers final Friday, since he’s not prepared to let time go with out approving a discount that his Government introduced could be underway this yr. Those accountable for CEOE and Cepyme within the negotiations haven’t introduced any different proposal to the textual content, as reported by each Pérez Rey and the union interlocutors. A paralysis that has bothered the opposite two events and that compromises, much more so, the chances of reaching a tripartite settlement on a central matter for Labor on this legislature.

“The Government has a commitment to social dialogue, to go to great lengths to reach an agreement, but the Government, and the Ministry of Labor, have a commitment to the citizens, they have told them that the reduction in working hours will begin in 2024. and will be completed in 2025. The only thing that the Government cannot tolerate or promote at the table is a delaying strategy. If there is a will to reach an agreement, let us be told where these agreements go,” Pérez Rey declared on the finish of the assembly. The Secretary of State has assured that the three-way talks will proceed to be held – the social brokers have been summoned once more for subsequent Monday – however he has demanded that the employers' associations present them with their standards “before the next seven days” to attempt to attain a deal.

“This table began on January 25 of this year, we have been there for five long months, we were asked to open a bilateral negotiation so that they could bring positions closer together or reach an agreement. Last week we were told that we could not expect any further progress in this negotiation, and we were told that the Government would resume it in its original version. We did it by sending a text to all the organizations present at the table, and today we found an employer that has not made any alternative proposal. We are willing to evaluate these proposals, but we need to know them,” added the Secretary of State.

The studying of the unions, which have positively valued the Ministry's proposal, on the habits of employers has been just like that of Labor. Even with arguments, if attainable, considerably extra belligerent. “To reach the objective of reducing the working day, it is necessary to modify the Workers' Statute. And the social partners have to clearly establish their positions and objectives. We have been telling the employers to speak out, whether they are willing to negotiate this change and what requirements they need to be part of the agreement. Our time has run out, we need you to speak out,” mentioned Fernando Luján, deputy common secretary of Union Policy at UGT.

“Our goal is still 35 hours per week, but achieving 37.5 hours is an important step forward. Reducing the working day is a question of social justice. They are sensitive issues and it is very difficult to enter into a negotiation process if we do not know what is requested by business organizations,” added Mari Cruz Vicente, confederal secretary of Union Action and Employment of CC OO.

More time beyond regulation

So far, one of many few actions on the a part of the employers' associations which have occurred within the negotiation is the placing on the desk of the extension of the full of time beyond regulation hours – at the moment set at a most of 80 in annual calculation -, as a counterpart to the discount of working time. A premise that the textual content drafted by Labor doesn’t ponder, and that CC OO rejects outright, whereas UGT is open to a slight enhance with rather more exhaustive management and an enchancment in remuneration for these further hours.

Tension has risen amongst social brokers, significantly between two of the principle figures, such because the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, and the president of the principle Spanish employers' affiliation, Antonio Garamendi. The latter just lately denied {that a} negotiation was happening between the events, because the Government's will is to hold out this discount, whatever the help it gathers.

The employer chief even challenged the vice chairman to hold out this modification, leaving apart the businessmen, warning her that this could possibly be reversed with a hypothetical future authorities completely different from the present one. “The problem is the substance. Calling something that is not a negotiation is surprising. Our red lines are that the Government does not tell me what the end is. At some point there will be a change of Government and then we will see it,” Garamendi mentioned final week, at a convention organized by the Association of Economic Information Journalists (APIE) in Santander.

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