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Escrivá defends the labor reform agreed to combat precariousness

The Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, Jose Luis Escrivá, has defended this Monday the labour reform that this Tuesday will be approved in the form of a Royal Decree-law in the Council of Ministers, against those who think that it is not as deep as expected and that it does not completely repeal the 2012 reform.

For Escrivá, it is a “very ambitious” reform, which arises from the consensus with social agents after a “very lengthy” negotiation, and in which “overwhelmingly” the problems and the deficiencies of the labor market are tackled. For this reason, “he has no doubt” that he will receive “great parliamentary support” despite the complaints of some groups, such as the PNV, for certain contents of it.

Among the problems that the reform seeks to address are the precariousness and the “enormous temporality “. “This is clearly addressed, simplifying contracts and making the permanent contract the central contract, but with flexibility margins,” Escrivá stressed in statements to the Cope chain.

In addition, as already advanced some time ago, the labor reform has included a “fee” to penalize companies that engage in abusive rotation of temporary contracts.

At the same time, the minister explained, the rule seeks to end abusive recourse to dismissal through a formula tested in the pandemic with very good results: temporary employment regulation files (for him), a model that the reform “modernizes, generalizes and extends”, in the words of the minister.

Escrivá has affirmed that the number of workers in erte continues to fall and that those that remain are in sectors affected by the restrictions derived from the pandemic. “If there are restrictions again in the coming weeks, for that we have the erte. Any situation that occurs, after the labor reform is published, is incorporated into the norm,” said the minister, who explained that They contemplate erte for cases of force majeure, for situations of decrease in demand and for cyclical episodes.

Pension reform

Despite the fact that some partners of the coalition government have expressed their intention to modify the labor reform in the parliamentary process, Escrivá believes that the regulation will go ahead with great support. “You have to respect the parliamentary process, of course, but I am convinced that a reform like this, so ambitious, will receive great parliamentary support, I have no doubt,” he stressed.

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Regarding the first leg of the pension reform, which will enter into force on January 1, the minister has affirmed that with it a “extraordinary certainty” to pensioners, because they will see “consecrated” the maintenance of their purchasing power indefinitely.

In addition, he stressed that this law will bring Social Security to equilibrium in the coming years and that the mechanism of intergenerational equity will help to refloat the so-called ‘pension money box’. “The system is extraordinarily reinforced, so absolute tranquility”, he pointed out.

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