Saturday, September 30

Labor and the unions agree on the Scholarship Statute without the employers

The Ministry of Labor has reached an agreement in principle on the Scholarship Statute this Friday with the majority unions, CCOO and UGT, from which the employers have already dropped, according to The Country has advanced and sources of the negotiation confirm to “There are a couple of fringes left, but in no case would they break the agreement,” they indicate from the unions. The idea is to formally sign the agreement next Thursday, they affirm from the negotiation.

Rectors and communities pressure the Government to delay the right of scholarship holders to contribute


The second vice president and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, already stated a few days ago that her department wanted to carry out this regulation before the elections on July 23. To do this, the Government must resort to the royal decree law, a formula that is justified by the inclusion of this measure in the European Recovery Plan after the pandemic.

“After much more than a year of negotiation, it is about to end, so the agreement is imminent. The text will collect a large part of the union demands such as the clear definition of the practices to avoid fraud, the compensation of expenses or the establishment of an effectively dissuasive sanctioning regime”, the UGT has celebrated.

Adrià Junyent, CCOO Youth Secretary, has indicated that the union will continue “working to close an agreement that will help scholarship holders in this country, so that youth do not have an entry into the world of work through exploitation and by way of precariousness, as is the case right now, especially eliminating fraud, which is what we are most focused on”.

In CCOO they insist, however, that they are still very aware that the Ministry of Inclusion does not delay the right to contribute for all scholarship holders. This is a measure already approved, which will enter into force on October 1, and which the rectors and the autonomous communities are pressing the Government to postpone. “This is not closed,” they warn from the union.

What is the Scholarship Statute?

The Scholarship Statute is a catalog with new rights for students who carry out non-work practices, such as compensation for expenses, for example in transportation and maintenance, the right to vacations and holidays like the rest of the staff , as well as more limits on their number within the workplace, among other measures.

According to the latest draft, interns may only account for 20% of the total number of workers, although it is allowed in any case to have two, with an eye toward small companies also being able to offer internships.

In addition, specific sanctions are provided for fraud and abuse, such as fines of up to 225,000 euros for situations of discrimination that affect scholarship holders, as reported by Also up to 7,500 euros for infractions such as breaching the new rights of internship students, such as payment of transport costs.

As had been sensed for days, the employers are withdrawing from this negotiation, CEOE sources confirm. After months of debates and contributions, the businessmen do not want to close a new pact just before the general elections. A framework, the pre-election, in which the leader of the employers, Antonio Garamendi, considered that “it does not make any sense” to close new social dialogue agreements, something that the unions and the Ministry of Labor made him ugly.

Extracurricular practices continue

One of the most conflictive elements during the negotiation were the extracurricular practices, those that are not part of the educational curriculum of the training titles. The unions wanted to eliminate them, considering that they are a widespread source of fraud involving false interns who actually replace workers who should be hired as such. In addition, they highlighted that for cases of initiation into the labor market, there are already training employment contracts.

The Ministry of Labor opened up to this cancellation with the unions, but later recovered them –although limiting their duration– in an attempt to add to the businessmen and also obtain the support of government partners such as the PNV. University student associations also called for these practices to be maintained, fearing that companies would not carry out employment training contracts and entry into the labor market would be further complicated.

Finally, extracurricular practices are maintained, although greater limits to their duration are agreed. If the university curricular internships, or master’s or doctorate, cannot exceed 25% of the hours that make up the credits of the degree, in the case of extracurricular internships the limit will be “15% of the hours” of the degree , “not even 480 hours”, includes the last draft between the parties.

In the cases of degrees specific to the Universities, a limit is established that “the total sum of curricular and extracurricular practices does not exceed 25%” of the credits of the degree. However, own titles that have a minimum duration of 60 credits “will have the possibility of establishing internships for a period of 3 months”.