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The requirements to hire foreign employees confront Diaz and Escrivá

Date: February 24, 2024 Time: 07:45:57

The Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations launched last summer the ‘rooting for training’, an instrument that allowed the regularization of foreigners who completed a training course and then found a job. This measure, which offers a two-year residence permit for studies and one for a work permit, was born to respond to the lack of workforce indicated by employers in different sectors such as hospitality, transport or construction. For José Luis Escrivá’s portfolio, the policy has been a success, since close to 30,000 applications have been submitted and more than 12,000 have already been granted. However, they point to the need to incorporate improvements in the design of the requirements to attend to the different social realities of potential candidates.

The Social Security team has opted this week for a greater flexibility of these criteria, according to ‘El País’, an announcement that has been received with open arms by CEOE and Cepyme, while it has raised doubts in the unions and in the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy. Escrivá proposes to eliminate the minimum number of hours required for these trainings, stop requiring face-to-face attendance and allow the courses to be combined with a job. In public, Yolanda Díaz, maintained that her Ministry would always be in favor of regularizing the “thousands of foreign workers in an irregular situation”, although this does not seem to be among the Government’s plans for the moment.

Likewise, he urged the Migration department to make decisions within the social dialogue, not “from other bodies”, and recalled that in Spain there are 2.7 million unemployed people, for which reason he called to focus on working conditions offered by these sectors. Sources present at the meeting of the Tripartite Immigration Labor Commission on Wednesday confess that the initial atmosphere was very tense, between the ministries and between the social agents. They even refer to friction that would come from within the Ministry of Escrivá, since the initiative did not come from the Secretary of State for Migration, but from the minister’s team. However, the positions seemed more open at the end of the meeting, when a period of ten days was given to suggest changes to the plan.

Díaz pointed out that his department was more in line with the positions expressed by the workers’ representatives than with his government partner. Both the CCOO and the UGT positively value the search to regularize the situation of these workers, however, they appeal not to devalue the training to meet the times required by the companies. José Antonio Moreno, head of CCOO Migrations, confessed in conversation with La Información his surprise at the haste and speed shown by Escrivá’s portfolio to introduce changes to a measure that has hardly been weighted, because it has less one year running.

Moreno recalls that the instructions that allowed the introduction of this figure were approved in October, so it is still taking hold. “We have transferred to Mr. Escrivá the need for calm and precaution in the processes of foreigners, immigration and integration,” he says. In this sense, they ask for time to evaluate both the new proposal and the operation of the instrument. At the meeting, the Ministry of Migration conveyed to them the demands of some business sectors for greater flexibility to incorporate foreigners into positions that they are unable to fill, something that they confess will lack some suspicion.

For the critical sector, it is essential that foreign workers are not approached from a different perspective from the labor market as a whole, which is why they express their doubts regarding creating new exceptionalities. Instead, it is understood that the training, inclusion, reconversion measures aimed at the unemployed as a whole must also take them into account within standardized mechanisms. However, the minister defends that the associations with which they work have informed them that the instruction too approved in October “was rigid”, due to the difficulties faced by mothers with dependent children to take long-term courses and even more so, if they are face-to-face, so he is determined to introduce changes.

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Puck Henry
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