The unions Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT) and Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) have asked the Government to be formed after 23-J and all the political groups that make up the proposals of the social agents that negotiate the conditions of the labor market.
Specifically, they have demanded the gradual reduction of the working day to 32 hours without a salary cut, in addition to reimbursements in dismissal processes and their causes, paying special attention to collective dismissals. They have also advocated for a Corporate Tax that ensures a 15% minimum tax. Lastly, they have pointed out the importance of raising compensation for unfair dismissals.
From the UGT and CCOO they have explained that their intention is to achieve a more current work model, in accordance with the conditions of today’s society and market. To do this, they have requested that the Workers’ Statute be completely reformed.
Guarantee rights in practices
Among their proposals, they also ask to address the regulation of the use of time, negotiated internal flexibility measures, contractors and subcontractors, functional mobility, geographical mobility and the substantial modification of working conditions, the part-time contract, the different ways of organizing work, the strengthening and structure of collective bargaining or the adaptation of European directives and rulings, among others
They have also urged to reinforce the current system of compensation for unfair dismissal, increasing its amount to adapt it to the provisions of the Revised European Social Charter and have demanded a greater commitment to develop the statute of non-labor practices in workplaces, guaranteeing a quality practical training with rights, which contribute to the insertion in the labor market of young people.
Ensure the revaluation of pensions and the SMI
as the axis for the maintenance of the public system and the sufficiency of its benefits, ensuring the revaluation of pensions in accordance with the CPI.
In addition, they have urged the development of the pending agreements of the aforementioned agreements, especially with regard to partial retirement, facilitating the renewal and rejuvenation of company workforces.
For their part, the CCOO and UGT ask to maintain the Minimum Interprofessional Wage (SMI) at 60% of the country’s average net wage, as a minimum, and have installed the maintenance of their purchasing power, eliminating the possibility that their improvements can be compensated and absorbed.
They also advocate recovering the lost purchasing power of the Multiple Effects Public Income Indicator (Iprem) and guaranteeing its review according to the CPI, and comprehensively reforming the unemployment protection system to make it more inclusive and extensive, with the objective that the unemployed receive a benefit, contributory or welfare, and provide them with sufficient training and guidance to find a job and increase the amounts and duration of unemployment benefits.
More progressive tax reform to sustain public spending
The unions have also proposed a more progressive tax reform to sustain public spending, making it equal to the community average and thus providing sufficient resources to improve public policies and expand our Welfare State.
Among the specific measures, the CCOO and UGT request the equalization of the rates of the general base to that of savings and an increase in the rates for higher incomes in personal income tax with the aim of closing the existing gap between Spain and the EU, which are five points of GDP. They also propose the reform of the Corporate Tax ensuring a minimum taxation of 15%.
On their side, the unions ask the groups to promote a new industry law that contributes to the strategic autonomy of the country, that promotes industrial development, quality employment and gives solidity to the Spanish economic and productive activity. That it also contemplates the development of high added value service activities, improves the competitiveness of companies based on the creation of value, and not on the reduction of labor costs.
Right to public housing
In terms of housing, the unions ask to configure the right to it as a fundamental right, betting on increasing investment for the creation of a public park of affordable rental housing (at least up to 1% of GDP).
In addition, it urges to maintain rules that promote the containment and reduction of rental prices and support the use throughout the territory of the Housing Law and adopt measures to curb the increase in the cost of mortgage loans.
Finally, they have advocated facilitating the novation and/or subrogation of mortgages from variable to fixed rates, as well as extending the repayment periods so that the installments paid by families do not exceed 30% of their income.