10 dic 2018
Social dialogue


The Minister of Labour, Migration and the Social Security, Magdalena Valerio, and representatives from trade unions UGT, Pepe Álvarez, and CCOO, Unai Sordo, together with the head of the business organizations CEOE and CEPYME, Antonio Garamendi, held a meeting today at the Ministry to make an assessment of the advances made at the Social Dialogue roundtable.

Social dialogue

During the meeting held in July, in which the Social Dialogue roundtable was reinstated, all parties agreed to work towards boosting quality jobs efficiently. At the time, five Social Dialogue roundtables were created with the aim of defining priorities, and their work over the past few months has been positively valued by the Government and the social agents. This has been the case of the Employment and Labour Relations Roundtable, whose work of these past months has enabled the adoption of the Youth Employment Shock Plan 2019-2021. The Plan was approved by the Council of Ministers last Friday, the 7th, with the unanimous support of the Autonomous Communities and the social agents.

The Quality of Employment in the Hospitality Industry Roundtable agreed to acknowledge a group of occupational illnesses for workers in the hotel housekeeping sector related to certain repetitive movements at the job.    

There have also been significant advances at the Professional Training and Qualification Roundtable - with the upcoming creation of a group of experts - and at the Social Security Roundtable.

The Roundtable Against the Underground Economy endorsed the lines of action of the Master Plan for a Decent Job, whose results until October 31 were assessed at the meeting held today in the Ministry.

Furthermore, the Social Dialogue Roundtable has agreed to create a working group for the preparation of a new Workers' Statute, with discussions scheduled to start in January.

Over the next few months, the Government and the social agents will continue to work to reach the greatest possible consensus in the pending matters, such as ultra-activity in agreements, time registration systems or bringing back benefits for people over the age of 52.

Other issues that will also be addressed in the future include the revision of hiring schemes, a plan for the long-term unemployed and all things related to the future of work: green jobs, fair transition and digitalization.