Díaz works with the judiciary and the prosecutor’s office to reform labor offenses and purge criminal responsibilities

He calls on agents to achieve “once and for all” at the social dialogue table the new strategy which prevents deaths


The Second Vice President and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, announced that she was working with the Minister of Justice, Pilar Llop, and the Office of the Prosecutor, to reform workplace crimes , with the aim of being able to purge criminal responsibilities in court. “When a worker dies in his job, the system fails,” he said.

Además, ha realizado un llamamiento a los diferentes social agents a culminar “de una vez por todas”, en la mesa de diálogo social, “une nueva estrategia de salud y prevención laboral” para poner en marche todos los mechanisms que eviten los fallecimientos de the workers.

Díaz took part in a press conference at the Euskalduna Palace, in Bilbao, together with the Second Vice-President of the Basque Government and Minister of Labor and Employment, Idoia Mendia, and the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, as part of the 2022 Healthy Workplace Summit taking place this Monday and Tuesday.

The conference aims to showcase the knowledge and experience accumulated over the last two years of the ‘Healthy Jobs: Let’s Loosen the Burden’ campaign.

In her speech, the minister stressed that in these days when “there is talk of a lot of punitive reforms in the country”, she is working with Llop to tackle a reform, “of maximum interest”, of the articles of the Code Penal Code ranging from 311 to 318, “which have to do with crimes in the workplace.”

Yolanda Díaz explained that the “indeterminacy” of these types of criminals leads to having before the courts “enormous difficulties in being able to carry out an adequate investigation and, of course, an adequate conclusion of a criminal trial which, in many cases, will result in criminal responsibilities in the parties who reach or are part of this litis”.

“The prevention strategy is on the table for dialogue, but, with the minister and the prosecution, we are working to change that as well. This is very important. The reality of the world of work today has nothing to do with with the reality of the working world in which these criminal types were designed,” he said.


The second vice-president of the government stressed that Spain has “one of the most important social dialogue tables, which is hardly spoken of”, and that it closes “the new health and prevention strategy at work “.

“We have spent many months at the social dialogue table debating it, and I take this opportunity to urge the social actors that once and for all we are able to carry out one of the strategies which is , without a doubt, the most relevant for the world of work,” he added.

In this sense, he assured that, “from the mere existence of a death in the world of work, it is enough” that “all the resources, all the intelligence and all the tools to avoid it” are poured out.

“When a worker dies on the job, the system breaks down and therefore needs to be fixed. I know very well the reality of the world of work today and its accident rate,” he added. .

Yolanda Díaz recalled that there are more than 2,800 accidents, in general, but highlighted those “the most serious, which are those that end in a tragic event of death which are, today, 613”. “So we are talking about very relevant, very important figures, which must guide all reflection on health strategy,” he said.

Díaz pointed out that this legislature is coming to an end and he hopes that the dialogue table “will soon finish” this work in which they have been a year and from which “this strategy, which is vital”, must come out. “We have integrated as one of the elements of greatest attention in the world of work everything related to diseases linked to psychosocial risks, on which we had not worked in our country for all these years”, a- he added.

According to him, “deaths unfortunately cannot be avoided in any of the activities of our life”, but “all the mechanisms” must be put in place to avoid them.

On the other hand, he valued the work carried out by the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, which allows “to move forward in the recognition of the transformation and improvement of labor rights”. Finally, he recalled that San Sebastian will be the Spanish capital of the social economy in 2023.


Second Deputy Lehendakari and Minister of Labor and Employment, Idoia Mendia, also spoke at the event, saying that “prevention and health protection is an obligation of companies”, and defended the possibility for them to invest in wages, training, equality and health as “the best guarantee of competitiveness”.

In his speech, Mendia pointed out that in the Basque Country and the rest of Spain, “aligned with Europe, they have been able to protect and develop employment in the pandemic crisis and in the face of the consequences of the war in Ukraine. “. “Now, in the profound revolution that we are living through, our challenge is to improve the quality of this work,” he added.

According to him, until recently, competitiveness “was only measured in terms of economic costs, but not in terms of investment in human capital”. However, he added that thanks to the Basque strategy for safety and health at work, which was agreed within the social dialogue table, there is a commitment to “change the paradigm and put people’s health, as well as work, at the center of prevention Actions”.

“We do this, not only because it is a right of those who work, but because we fully believe that it is also one of the best investments companies can make,” he added. .

Likewise, he defended that the task of the administration is to offer “clear roadmaps and public support without nuances, but also to convince all companies that investing in wages, training, equality and health is the best guarantee of competitiveness for companies”.

Deputy Lehendakari thanked Commissioner Schmit for his support of the AukerabeRRi program launched by his Department last year. This is an initiative that aims to rescue workers from companies in crisis, requalify them and relocate them, thus preventing them from becoming chronically unemployed.

For his part, the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, said that Europe must be an “example in terms of health and safety at work”, and argued that the most are those that invest the most in these issues. .

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