USO describes the current legislation on trade unionism in Spain as a “scourge on democratic quality” and calls for “opening the spectrum” | Leader in Social Information

USO describes the current legislation on trade unionism in Spain as a “scourge on democratic quality” and calls for “opening the spectrum” | Leader in Social Information
USO describes the current legislation on trade unionism in Spain as a “scourge on democratic quality” and calls for “opening the spectrum” | Leader in Social Information

Fernández made these statements during an interview with Servimedia, where he said that it “makes no sense” that current legislation establishes that “in order to call something as democratic as union elections in a company” only CCOO and UGT can do so universally.

Furthermore, although he was “in favour” of arbitration as an element of resolving labour conflicts, he ironically said that they are “against” the fact that “all the arbitrators are from Madrid or Barcelona”, since the members of the arbitrations are appointed by CCOO, UGT, CEOE and Cepyme.

“What would happen if all football referees were from the two big teams? Well, the others would protest, wouldn’t they? Well, that’s what happens to us,” said the director of the USO Research Office.

Among his demands, Fernández also urged a change in the law so that he could be considered one of the “most representative” unions, since the current limit is 10% of union delegates.

“A good measure would be the same percentage that is required for political parties to sit in the Congress of Deputies,” he urged. In this regard, he pointed out that “it would be quite reasonable” to set this barrier at around 3% or 5%.

AGEISM IN EMPLOYMENT

On the other hand, José Luis Fernández, who has also been president of the association for older people Ceoma for several weeks, referred to the discrimination in the form of “ageism” suffered by people over 50 or 55 years of age in the labour market and called for strengthening active policies in public administrations. In his opinion, subsidies must be given when they are “necessary”, but that “cannot be the success of employment policies”.

He drew the analogy that it is as if patients were offered “palliative care” directly in the hospital and not being on the ward or on the street whenever possible. Faced with this scenario, he called on the Ministry of Labour to come up with a “shock plan”, because, in addition, there is a huge “loss of talent”.

Although he acknowledged that young people suffer from a high unemployment rate, he explained that quantitatively they are few, which is why he urged to focus on older people, since those who are younger even have more opportunities during their “life journey” to find other opportunities.

 
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