Spain: “Historic agreement” between government, employers and unions


Spain’s left-wing government announced today that it had reached an agreement on labor market reform with employers and trade unions, just days before a deadline set by Brussels.

“This is a historic agreement on social relations that allows the Spanish labor market to be harmonized with the European market,” the labor ministry said in a statement.

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

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

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

The government of Pedro Sandeth and its social partners had started a battle with time, as the European Commission called for this reform in exchange for the 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 that emerged from the negotiations is expected to be adopted on Tuesday during the last cabinet meeting of 2021.

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