labour reform

A running company creates jobs

Joaquim Gay de Montellà's picture

...an out-of-business company doesn’t create any

Catalonia’s labour relations framework needed to become closer to European standards: we understand that the recently approved reform takes us in the right direction. For Catalonia, the context for optimal business activity is a strong, leading, and solvent Europe, and the past few years have shown us that better coordination and greater unity of action is needed. Because we share a market and a currency, we consider it obvious that the distance between the different fiscal and labour treatments in place in the different member states and regions must be shortened. The Spanish Government’s labour reform, already in force, points in that direction: it levels us with European standards.

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Spain, a testing ground

Josep Maria Àlvarez's picture

Greece, Portugal and Ireland have been the first countries to yield to the tight rules of this new Europe that, if François Hollande does not avoid it, moves in the opposite direction than that of its history’s evolution until the end of the Second World War. Those countries, despite their political importance within the context of a European Union that is splitting up, are not the economic size of Spain or Italy. They have therefore been the easiest deadweight to be let go.

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A reform needed to compete in Europe

Josep González's picture

Just four months ago, the new Government took office with a sword of Damocles hanging over its head: the responsibility to adopt the right measures to overturn our labour market’s critical situation. Up until now, it appeared that it was not enough having 400 companies going out of business everyday over the last three years, reaching an absolute unemployment record or returning to the situation of an economic recession. The Labour Reform was one of the most awaited measures and it had the entire country with their fingers crossed in order to see that for once the Government had carried out the right changes within our labour market and provided the tools to make the continuity of our business projects viable.

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Labour reform or greed’s voracious and unfair irrationality

Joan Carles Gallego's picture

The much announced labour reform, which breaks the labour relation rules of the game, has invaded (via the use of political power) the natural framework of conflict resolution in the corporate and labour world between businessmen and workers, between business-owner associations and trade unions. Everything is an attack on democratic proceedings: it neither respects information and previous consultation rights with representative unions, which is guaranteed by law in relation to social policy issues

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Modernising the labour market

Juan Rosell's picture

Yesterday’s call for a general strike was unnecessary and very harmful for our businesses and economy. The strike went against legitimate decisions taken by the Spanish Government and endorsed by the Spanish Parliament. It also challenges reform agreements in social security and collective bargaining that still need to be negotiated. According to the data released by various governmental and economic agencies, the strike had a little impact.

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General strike

Joan Carles Gallego's picture

The call for a general strike is largely justified by the abrupt move made by the Spanish Government to face the crisis. Tax stimulation and social protection policies were put aside in early 2010 precisely when we were starting to benefit from them. There were shy signals of economic recovery, an increase in business confidence and a change in the trend of job destruction.

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A country moving back to the 19th century

Josep Maria Àlvarez's picture

The labour market reform approved by José Luis Zapatero’s Government has been the strongest attack against labour and social rights in Spain during the last 30 years. In addition, it consists of deficit reduction measures, such as decreasing Public Administration staff wages by 5% and freezing pensions. This means a surprising and deceiving move towards the right-wing, which shows a total submission to economic powers and means going backwards to the 19th century.

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