The Labour Department is trying to convince employers with a new proposal to reduce the working day

The Labour Department is trying to convince employers with a new proposal to reduce the working day
The Labour Department is trying to convince employers with a new proposal to reduce the working day

The Ministry of Labor will meet again this Monday with employers and unions to negotiatethe reduction of working hours, a meeting to which the Government will lead A new proposal to try to bring positions closer with CEOE and Cepymand after a tense week in which a tripartite agreement seemed impossible.

The reduction of working hours, included in the Government agreement between PSOE and Sumar, aims to bring the work week maximum from the current 40 hours, to 38.5 hours this year and 37.5 hours next yearan approach that already has the support of the unions.

Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, has avoided revealing the content of the new proposal that will be presented today, but it will be in line with what was announced last week by the Minister of Economy, Carlos Cuerpo, which aimed to make the application deadlines more flexible or to increase the “hour pools” in some sectors.

After a week of clash with employers

The meeting comes just a week after the employers’ associations came to the negotiating table without a text, Following the ultimatum launched by the Secretary of State for Labour, Joaquín Pérez Rey, who asked CEOE and Cepyme to submit their claims in writing, Trabajó considered this attitude “a “mockery” and a “sit-down strike”while the president of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, assured that “they are not being heard” because the decision has already been made.

However, in recent days the speeches have lowered their tone and both parties have shown themselves in favour of continuing to talk because they believe that there is still room for understanding. The unions have remained on hold, but have called for dialogue, aware that a tripartite agreement is necessary for the reduction of working hours to become a reality.

Regarding the negotiation, the Foundation for Applied Economic Studies (Fedea) published a report last week in which it warned that reducing “necessarily“The working day will have unintended collateral consequences such as the use of overtime or the increase in part-time contracts.

 
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