Sánchez Appeals To The Country Responsibility Of Employers

The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has appealed to the “country responsibility” of all social actors – employers and unions – to reach an agreement before the end of the year on the labor reform committed to Brussels.


“That we have employers and unions in this dialogue and that we can reach an agreement with them will be essential to achieve the updating of our labor relations model,” the president remarked in statements to the media after the G20 Summit.


Sánchez has insisted that the labor reform is not only a matter for the Government and has summoned all social agents to, in addition to participating and being protagonists of this change in the production model, to help modernize the labor relations model . He has thus highlighted the interest of the Executive in having this reform carried out “with the maximum consensus of social agents and the greatest of dialogues.”


This reform will mean, as the president has clarified, that some of the things that were done wrong in 2012 – with the reform promoted by the Popular Party – are “rebuilt”, although he has insisted on “looking forward” because there is a new reality in the workplace.


The reform aims to modernize the Spanish productive model and labor relations and, although it is framed in component 23 of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, Sánchez has highlighted the work that the Government has been doing so far to achieve this objective, with measures such as the teleworking law, the ‘rider’ law or the promotion of the Temporary Employment Regulation Records (ERTE). “We have to win the battle of the future and we must have a model of labor relations of the XXI century,” emphasized the president.


Sánchez recalled that Spain has been summoned for years by Brussels to modernize the production model, since on several occasions the different governments of the country have been alerted to the problems of the Spanish labor market, especially in terms of precariousness, temporality and high youth unemployment. In this sense, the president has affirmed that the pandemic has accelerated many of those changes that the labor market needs.


“What we must do as a government is not only to change the production model, but also to change, update and modernize our labor relations,” he remarked, after urging that the moment to carry out this leap is “now.” “I know it is an ambitious goal, but this government has ambition,” he said.

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