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The Vice President and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, this Wednesday at an informative breakfast, in Madrid.
The Vice President and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, this Wednesday at an informative breakfast, in Madrid.JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO (EFE)

Although she advanced it last Sunday, before the May Day trade union demonstration began in the streets of Madrid, the Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, stressed this Wednesday that the next great project of her department will consist of in the adequacy of the Workers’ Statute “to the 21st century”. Díaz has referred to the “democratization of companies” as one of the great objectives of the new labor framework, understanding this transformation from the entry of workers in the boards of directors of companies.

“It is a debate that already exists in Spain, but I think that with all the learning that exists in this regard, it is something that enriches companies because it democratizes them,” said the vice president. Following this line, Díaz has pointed out that “there is no place where democracy is exercised more directly than in companies”, since “it is the only space in which workers directly elect their representatives”. To support the entry of workers on the boards of directors, she has also appealed to the gain in “talent” that this would entail, and that the firms “cannot lose.”

The head of the Ministry of Labor has not specified when the study of the new regulation by the experts will begin, and has limited herself to announcing that she will convene “promptly” the committee that advises her department to begin with the development of the future ” Labor Statute” ―he has baptized it thus―, in which the “authoritarian” deficiencies that, in his opinion, the current framework, approved in 1980, presents will be corrected.

“It is the great task that we have to do”, Díaz has defended, placing a new working day at its epicenter. “You have to reduce the working day. Face-to-face times do not serve to improve productivity, we have to transform people’s lives from internal flexibility. Why can’t groups of hours be made in which the workers agree on different days? ”, He has asked himself.

What the Minister of Labor has made clear is that once the sketch has been prepared by the technicians, it will be submitted to the assessment of unions and employers before being approved. “We never make rules and then we take them to debate, it is not my style. I like to listen to those who know and then the social agents will do what they think”, she pointed out.

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Regarding the situation of the Income Agreement that the Government has been promoting for two months, and that should serve as a shield against the exorbitant increase in inflation, Díaz has not clarified whether it will finally go ahead or not. Among other things because, at the same time, unions and employers are negotiating the renewal of the Agreement for Employment and Collective Bargaining (AENC), in which it is decided how much wages should rise in the next three years, with little success so far.

“The task is complex”, the vice president has limited herself to saying, who has contravened the reluctance of employers to approve salary clauses – with which to correct the deviation of the CPI – ensuring that salaries “are not the cause of inflation”. “We can’t ask for more from those who can’t breathe,” she said. As a tip, she has warned large companies “with succulent profits” that “there is no room to lower or moderate wages in our country.”

Another of the commitments on the agenda of the Ministry of Labor will be the call “in the coming weeks” to employers and unions to address the phenomenon baptized as “the Great Resignation” – coined after the resignation of four million workers in the United States jaded with his work―, despite the fact that in Spain his impact has been limited. “Spain needs 109,000 more workers, these are the vacancies we have today”, the minister pointed out.

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