After the controversy, the Government appointed a SECLO official to enable payment of compensation

After the controversy, the Government appointed a SECLO official to enable payment of compensation
After the controversy, the Government appointed a SECLO official to enable payment of compensation

After the controversy generated this week by the lack of appointments in the mandatory labor conciliation service (SECLO) of the Ministry of Labor, anticipated by Ámbito, The Government decided to accelerate the appointment of officials in the area to try to expedite the more than 4,000 agreements already approved and pending payment.

Is about Carlos Enrique Mayoa career civil servant with more than 20 years in the SECLO, who was temporarily assigned to the Director of the Directorate of the Mandatory Labor Conciliation Service dependent on the National Directorate of Labor Relations and Regulations.

This medium revealed last Tuesday that one of the most important paralysis of the state machinery, paralyzed since the inauguration of President Javier Milei, was occurring in the mandatory labor conciliation service (SECLO).

The entity dependent on the Ministry of Labor did not have a designated official responsible for signing agreements between workers and companies, so more than 4,000 agreements already approved are still pending payment.

That is to say, workers who were left unemployed and agreed to compensation with the employers to avoid going to trial not only go through their new reality of being unemployed, but also cannot collect what they are entitled to. The aggravating factor is that Payments do not have an inflation update mechanism, Therefore, when the files are signed and finally collected, they will be devalued amounts.

He conciliation system It worked almost perfectly almost thirty years ago. The hearings are virtual and are held in a timely manner. Once the parties reach an agreement, a period of ten days is opened for their approval and collection is almost immediate. However, the lack of designation of a person responsible is generating a delay that completely harms the dismissed workers and ends up benefiting the employers who obtain – involuntarily – a delay in payments.

“A homologation of agreement always came out in ten days. Now there have been no approvals for almost two months.”explained to Ambit a lawyer who works in the SECLO. “The fired workers are left unable to get paid despite the employer’s willingness to pay them, which is unusual,” the source added.

The objective of SECLOwhich operates in the territory of the Federal capital, is to prevent all labor claims from being judicialized, so workers and employers must first go through this administrative instance before opening a legal claim. In this way, over almost thirty years, mediation has managed to reduce the number of labor lawsuits and served as a very effective method of conciliation between the parties.

The mechanism consists of virtual hearings – there can be up to three – in which official conciliators seek to bring positions between workers and companies closer. In this way, it is possible to reach economic agreements or, otherwise, judicial proceedings in the labor jurisdiction are enabled.

With 180 conciliation agentsthe service continues to be provided without problems, except for the fundamental and last step. The signing of the agreements is electronic. But then they must go to the management’s signature to be approved. But two months ago the position of director of the SECLO He is headless and the signature was not delegated either, so payments are completely paralyzed.

To date there are more than 4,000 pending agreements (counting the mandatory and the spontaneous ones) for more than 60 days, something that has never happened in the history of the organization.


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