The Government leaves its star measures in the hands of social negotiation … And this has a problem

The labor reform has already been approved. One of the star measures of the coalition government has already come out after months of negotiation with social agents. An agreement that the Executive celebrates as an achievement, but which is not even close to what I wanted.

It is a very tepid reform that leaves the position of the Spanish labor market practically the same as it was, the measures being quite conservative for a left-wing coalition government.

And the reform is just the first example of what is coming. Because it leaves us a lesson beyond its content: the Government has trusted its star measures in economic matters to collective bargaining. Something that, in principle, is very good, but that can generate a social problem.

Let’s see why.

What about the most vulnerable?

Specifically, the Government has just announced that will not raise the minimum wage before the end of the year, something that was also among his plans and announced Yolanda Diaz a few months ago with great fanfare.

It is still in their plans to do it, passing from the current 965 to 1,000 euros in 2022 and 1,045 in 2023. But he does not want to address it by Royal Decree, but negotiating again with the social agents. They are so happy with the result of the reform that they do not want to risk it and prefer to agree on it with employers, on the one hand, and unions, on the other.

And all that would be fantastic if the interests of both groups were well represented on both sides. The problem is that this is not so.

Because the interests of the most vulnerable are not represented in these negotiations. If they were, the recently signed labor reform would not have this result.

The point is that union members and with action in this area They are often employed with seniority and in positions that are not at risk. We know well what happens to union employees in certain sectors or companies, therefore, those who are members of a union are usually workers who are not going to lose their jobs for this reason.

On the other hand, that of companies, we are talking about large companies, with muscle, which do not have as many problems in changing contracts, raising salaries or improving their internal bureaucracy. But of course, a multinational is not the same as an SME, where perhaps there is only one boss to take care of everything.

Therefore, negotiating does not represent the most vulnerable ends of the chain. Those that the Government has always promised to protect, but that with these negotiations may be more helpless. In the end, union action in this country is very tepid when compared to others in our environment and many workers do not feel represented by the majority unions, which are the ones who negotiate.

In this way, although the will of the Government is good, perhaps in some matters it should address the changes of its own accord if it wants its measures to reach the groups that need it most.

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