De “exportar o morir” a morir exportando 19:30 Jun 10 0 comments
Panamá: Deuda, guerra y Cerro Colorado 07:09 Apr 19 0 comments
L’insostenibile leggerezza dello spread 00:02 Apr 14 0 comments
The World’s Debts Shall Not Be Repaid 18:13 Mar 28 0 comments
República Dominicana: confrontación de vida o muerte 22:56 Jan 26 0 commentsmore >>
Recent articles by Confederación General del Trabajo
CGT sobre el conflicto bélico en Siria 0 commentsRecent Articles about Iberia Economy
La autogestión, aquí, ahora Jun 11 13
Spanish government's "shock plan" to create employment is a joke
iberia | economy | press release Wednesday February 16, 2011 20:46 by Confederación General del Trabajo - CGT
For the Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT), calling the executive order approved today by the government a "Shock Plan" to promote stable employment is merely making a mockery of the 4.7 million unemployed people in the country. The measures approved by the cabinet is the product of an anti-social pact made a few days ago by the Socialist Government, the Spanish Confederation of Employers' Organizations (CEOE), the Spanish Confederation of SMEs (CEPYME) and the UGT and CCOO unions. [Castellano]
The "Shock Plan" is limited to an emergency employment programme lasting 12 months, for people under the age of 30 and people in long-term unemployment. New contracts have a duration of six months and are part-time (between 50-75% of full-time). The creation of these contracts allows companies to pay employers' social security contributions reduced by 100%, if they have fewer than 250 employees, or 75%, in the case of companies with more than 250 employees.
This emergency employment programme ends with a piece of pie in the sky when it states that "Regional State Employment Services will provide personalized assistance to unemployed people who are actively seeking jobs and will provide increased training opportunities for unemployed people so as to improve their chances of returning to the labour market". And this makes up the entire contents of the Shock Plan to create stable employment.
The CGT also believes it is totally inadequate and outrageous to offer €400, for at most six months, to people who after 16 February will no longer be covered by unemployment benefit. And this provision excludes those people who previously received benefit of €426.
Some time ago the CGT already declared that the social and economic pact seriously hurt working people while at the same time not doing enough to defend the state pension system. This so-called Shock Plan confirms this view.
The CGT union will continue to struggle against the permanent attack against workers and the working classes of this country. We will thus continue to call for mobilizations in defence of labour rights and social rights.
Permanent Secretariat of the Confederal Committee of the CGT
Translation by FdCA - International Relations Office
Wed 19 Jun, 22:44
On the government's new apprentice contract 19:20 Wed 30 Nov 0 comments
Spain: Not waving but drowning - bailout Jun 09 0 comments
Report: Portugal on the brink of social, economic and political disaster May 12 0 comments
Crisis, austerity and labor reactions –Spain in the spotlight Nov 04 0 comments