Spain: Historic Labor Market Reform – Government, Employers and Trade Unions Agreement


The Spanish government announced today that it has reached an agreement on labor market reform with employers and trade unions, a few days before the deadline set by Brussels.

“This is a historic agreement on social relations that allows harmonization of Spanish labor market with the European market“, Said the Ministry of Labor in a statement.

“This is a historic day for the workers of our country,” she told reporters. Minister of Labor, Yolanda Diath, which had prioritized the negotiations, in which it had a leading role.

The content of the agreement was not made public, but it is known that the goal of the government of Pedro Sanchez was to reconsider the reform adopted in 2012 by his Conservative government Mariano Rajoy which, according to its critics, had sparked uncertainty in a country that maintains the European record in the percentage temporary contracts.

The agreement was reached with the two largest employers’ organizations, CEOE and CEPYME (small and medium-sized enterprises) and with the two large trade unions, the Labor Committees (CCOO) and General Workers Union (UGT).

The government of Pedro Sandeth and its social partners had started a battle with time, as the European Commission was asking for reform she in in return for great european recovery plan, of which Spain is one of the largest beneficiaries with 140 billion euros, and was waiting for it at the end of the year.

The bill resulting from the negotiations is expected to be adopted on Tuesday during the last cabinet meeting of 2021.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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