The leaders of the UGT and CCOO in Aragon have delivered this Wednesday a letter in the Delegation of the Government of Aragon, with the demands of their campaign ‘Now Yes Toca’, in which they ask the Central Executive to repeal the labor reform, without waiting to the agreement with the employer, and to start a progressive increase in the Minimum Interprofessional Salary (SMI).
On behalf of UGT Aragón, its general secretary in Aragon, Daniel Alastuey, and the organization secretary, Julio Tejero, have participated, while on behalf of the Workers’ Commissions have attended its union action secretary, Pedro Castillo, and its organization secretary, Carmen Martinez.
The letter that both organizations have presented at the headquarters of the Government Delegation quotes verbatim that “CCOO and UGT are going to continue betting on a negotiation with contents that limit the temporality in our country; that places the dismissal as the last option of the companies; that it enables forms of internal flexibility and adaptations of the working day as a preferred way to avoid these dismissals; that it balances collective bargaining; that it improves the organized participation of workers in labor relations in the company, ruling out business unilateralism “.
In addition to delivering the document with their claims, the UGT and CCOO have requested a meeting with the next government delegate in Aragon, once the appointment for the position that Pilar Alegría has left free after her appointment as Minister of Education takes place.
Alastuey explained that with this act “the campaign that we started months ago to streamline social dialogue and achieve three objectives was resumed: the first point was the repeal of the 2013 People’s Party pension reform, something that we have already achieved , since both the Government and the employer have consented to this annulment. ” Now, the UGT leader continued, “we have two fundamental points left: the labor reform and the increase in the minimum interprofessional wage.”
Alastuey has demanded the Government of the nation to fulfill its “electoral promises to repeal this labor reform, to rebalance the forces between unions and employers in collective bargaining and to end the precariousness of our labor market”, and has added the obligation contracted with Europe “to regulate subcontracting”.
With regard to the labor reform, Alastuey has been optimistic with the position shown by the Government of Spain, whose proposals seem “well channeled” to him. On the contrary, he lamented the “resistance that we are encountering in the bosses, which has even qualified the government’s proposal as Marxist.”
For his part, the secretary of Union Action of CCOO in Aragon, Pedro Castillo, has also referred to this blockage in the talks on the reform and has asked himself “How much time do we need for the Government to fulfill its commitments? By blocking negotiations, he must fulfill his responsibility and not impede the improvements that must be undertaken in the world of work. “
Daniel Alastuey has argued that it is not necessary for the Executive to wait for a social agreement to be reached in this matter to take action. “What we say to the Government is that, in the same way that the previous labor reforms were imposed, if the employer does not want to negotiate and maintains an immobile position, what it should be to legislate,” the UGT secretary general claimed to the Executive .
Likewise, the leader of the UGT in Aragon has referred to the rise in the minimum interprofessional wage, an increase that, in his opinion, “is fair.” “We really do not understand the government’s resistance when we are talking about the people who earn the least in this country, while we are witnessing, for example, indecent increases in electricity prices,” he emphasized.
Alastuey has indicated that the commission of experts called to analyze the rise in the SMI established an amount of around 1,050 euros per month. “The government has three years left in the legislature to get close to that figure, and it has to start now,” he demanded.
For his part, Castillo has proposed the comparison of the SMI in Spain “with the levels of Europe”, and has drawn attention to “those who earn the lowest salaries in our country, but who do not do the least important tasks, rather As we have seen during the pandemic, they are essential tasks. ” He has called on the Government to “comply with the workers, who are the ones who have kept this country afloat during these months.”
Alastuey has made express mention of some groups, such as workers in nursing homes. “A few months ago we were applauding their heroic work during the pandemic and now, many of those workers, with wages below the minimum wage, we are denying the raise.”
The secretary general of the UGT in Aragon has considered that for the increase in the minimum interprofessional salary that they propose “we have to wait for the recovery to consolidate.”
Pedro Castillo has expressed himself in the same direction, who has expressed his conviction that this brake on the rise harms the entire economy, since “it has multiple effects on the rest of average wages in our country.” In this sense, he has mentioned “many workers, with a salary higher than the SMI but who have it as a reference for their agreements.”
In addition, in his defense of an increase in the SMI, the secretary of social action of CCOO Aragón has said that “he denies the ‘myth’ that the increase in wages increases inflation” and is that “in 2020 the increases in wages were higher than the inflation rate. ” For this union representative, the idea that higher salaries lead to higher prices “is a legend that some use to obtain benefits.”
“More real politics”
Daniel Alastuey has referred to the recent remodeling of the Government, and has trusted that this measure has been taken “to consolidate the recovery.” And he has stated that “what he touches now is less fiction politics and more real politics.
In addition, he alluded to the opportunity that European funds may represent, explaining that they should be used to “digitize the economy and modernize our labor market, that we become a greener economy and have qualified workers.”
In the same vein, he has spoken of the need to have “a quality job market”, which must overcome negative points such as temporality.
Regarding the recovery of the labor market that is expected after the pandemic, Alastuey has confirmed that “the latest unemployment figures were positive.” “But we must not be fooled,” he warned, “the job market is not going to recover so quickly. We are still below pre-pandemic employment levels. Let’s hope that the ERTES people will rejoin and that they will create employment “.