The boss It just takes a few hours to get rid of The government agreement announced by PSOE and Sumar, despite the fact that the details are not yet known nor are advanced proposals outlined. The Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE), Cepyme and the Association of Self-Employed Workers (ATA) issued a joint statement in which, although they admitted to “waiting to know the final text”, They rejected “the measurements that were already known in the programmatic agreement for the establishment of a new Government.”
Business organizations, led by Antonio Garamendiassured that the general lines of the agreement, which is not yet known how it will develop, “have a negative impact on business activity, especially for SMEs and the self-employed, and therefore for economic growth and the creation of jobs in Spain.” Businessmen are angry and assure that the aspects referred to are common in social dialogue.
The leaders of both parties, Pedro Sánchez y Yolanda Diaz, has not yet appeared to explain what the agreement consists of, what the scope of the measures it contemplates or how it will be developed. No one is suggesting that social dialogue be excluded from the aspects of labor included in the text; What’s more, the first vice president, Nadia Calvino, pointed out this Monday that there will be a dialogue with social agents. However, the companies decided to come out and criticize an agreement in which four short paragraphs emerged.
“There is the possibility of exploring new formulas for the distribution between work time and rest or leisure time, but not as a result of a legal imposition”, businessmen criticize. What the partners agreed to reissue a coalition government are the lines of management, horizons that must have parliamentary support to see the light, the result of the popular sovereignty given at the ballot box. “Legal imposition” is the way the proprietors have found to define a Government agreement.
The main friction point is Shortening the working day from 40 hours a week to 37, with the goal of reaching 35 before the end of the legislature. This demand from Díaz’s party aims to modernize the Spanish labor market, which working hours have not changed since 1983, despite all the fruitful changes that have taken place since then. “The regulation of the working day must be dealt with by sector by sector and company by company, analyzing in each case if there is a sufficient margin of productivity and the needs of the employer’s organization,” the employer’s statement.
The truth is More working hours does not mean more productivity, as proven by large European economies at the level of France or Germany, with shorter working hours enjoy a higher level of productivity. However, business organizations point to a possible “cost increase for companies, which adds to the higher production, financing and other costs (contributions, increase in SMI) that they suffer.”