He specifies that his department is not working on the reform of layoffs
MADRID, Oct. 27 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The second vice-president and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, assured this Thursday that her ministry is finalizing the technical work to “demand criminal responsibilities from Glovo”, a company that she plans to bring before the public prosecutor’s office for his violation of the Rider Law.
“Glovo will comply with the law in my country. There are no exceptions. When we make a mistake, they sanction us. I thank the rest of the Spanish companies, of which there are many, who work with digital platforms who respect labor rights. We perform technical tasks, but in a democracy there are no exceptions. The law is the same for everyone,” the minister told a press conference, after a meeting with trade unionists and MPs from the British Labor Party.
Díaz told the media that the British delegation was “impressed” with the “Rider’s Law” and “asked hundreds of questions” about it.
The Minister of Labor also spoke with representatives of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the Labor Party on “the success of labor reform”, which has done “in nine months what was not achieved in 37 years of democracy”. . “When we went to Europe to start defending labor reform, the commissioners asked us to. Today it is possible,” Díaz added.
The Labor boss stressed that British trade unionists and MPs “wanted to learn” from the Spanish experience and agreed to “work together”.
They also looked at the political and economic situation in the UK, and agreed on the “failure” of neoliberalism. “It’s not efficient, it’s neither economically nor socially,” Díaz added.
IT IS “ESSENTIAL” TO INCREASE THE SMI
The Ministry of Labor hopes to know soon the result of the work of the Committee of Experts on the Interprofessional Minimum Wage (SMI), responsible, among other tasks, for calculating the equivalent of 60% of the Spanish average wage with the current figures.
Once the result of this analysis is known, Díaz will summon the social agents to negotiate the increase of the SMI, which is currently set at 1,000 euros.
Díaz again insisted on this issue and guaranteed that the government was going to update the SMI “because it is essential”. In addition, he addressed the social agents, and reminded them that it is “important” to increase wages in private companies.
“The increase in wages cannot be negotiated and it must be done. It must be done because otherwise we will greatly impoverish our country”, warned the minister.
The unions will demonstrate next Thursday to demand a pay rise from employers, even if they rule out a general strike for the time being.
Díaz clarified that, if it took place, she would not participate in a strike, although she stressed that she was “the first Minister of Labor of Spanish democracy to have attended May Day”, and believes that her successors do it after her.
THE MINISTRY IS NOT WORKING ON DISMISSAL REFORM
The Minister of Labor clarified her remarks on Wednesday, concerning a “repairer and restorer” dismissal, and assured that her portfolio “is not working on it at the moment”.
Díaz explained that the modification of the dismissal “is an issue that the UGT has raised” and that the ministry is “considering”, but for the moment it has two open negotiation tables that focus its work.
“I’m not working on this. I had no plans to start these tasks until we have completed the dialogue tables or the legislative activities. I will try, but this is Labour’s great magnum opus Spanish and I would love it. If I legislated like everyone else, (…) we make a law, we describe it from the Ministry and we don’t do anything else. It’s quite easy, it would give me time,” Díaz said in reference to the future Workers’ Statute for the 21st century. However, Díaz advocated dismissal focused on “the causes that motivate it.”
STRUCTURAL REFORM OF PUBLIC REVENUES
Díaz also alluded to the business advantages exhibited by some companies during their earnings season, and pointed out that “there is proof” that they are “benefiting from this crisis”.
“Tax injustice continues to exist and Spain needs a structural reform of public revenues in which the more they have, the more they pay,” he said.
The Minister of Labor in particular pointed the finger at banking entities, which according to her are benefiting from the rate hike of the European Central Bank (ECB), which she considers to be “a mistake”.
“Precisely because of the increase in interest rates, the greatest transfer of income from citizens to financial institutions is caused. This is not fair,” he stressed, and again stressed that this situation affects “the middle classes, not just the most vulnerable people.”