The Government disavows Díaz after his ultimatum to the company fails

Continuing to ignore SMEs by reducing working hours would be a serious mistake that would harm the economy

After failing to reach an agreement on the reduction of the working day within the period that, after repeated threats and ultimatums, the Minister of Labour and Second Vice President of the Government tried to impose unilaterally, Yolanda Diazthe Executive seems now willing to make the timing more flexible and soften the tone in search of an agreement. Labour has pledged to submit a new proposal next weekand the Minister of Economy, Carlos Bodyhas assumed that the talks could last

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After failing to reach an agreement on the reduction of the working day within the period that, after repeated threats and ultimatums, the Minister of Labour and Second Vice President of the Government tried to impose unilaterally, Yolanda Diazthe Executive seems now willing to make the timing more flexible and soften the tone in search of an agreement. Labour has pledged to submit a new proposal next weekand the Minister of Economy, Carlos Bodyhas assumed that the talks could last “weeks or months.”

The new scenario, far from the unfounded haste that led Díaz to threaten to approve the measure without consulting the employers, represents a disavowal in fact of the second vice president. The change of tone – which may have been influenced by the position of PNV and Junts – is going in the right direction, but The proposal to reduce the working day to a maximum of 37 and a half hours per week still presents problems. Although it is a desirable objective, it cannot be imposed without an agreement with the social stakeholders and without being accompanied by a general increase in productivity. If the entire cost of the measure falls on companies, it will harm growth and employment. In addition, the most exposed are the SMEs, already subjected to excessive pressure due to the interventionist desire of the Executive. Continuing to ignore them would be a serious error that we would all pay for.

 
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