The Ministry of Labor is analyzing the possibility of once again prohibiting objective dismissals, as was done during the pandemic, to avoid termination of contracts due to the impact of the war in Ukraine, according to sources from the Ministry of Labor.
The unions introduce the control of the price of housing in the rent agreement
This measure could be included in the shock plan that the Government is preparing for approval as a decree law in the Council of Ministers on Tuesday, March 29, and which aims to counteract the effects of the rise in consumer prices and, in particular, of energy products.
In statements in Congress this Thursday, the second vice president and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, has assured that “this is not the time to fire, this is what has given us results in the previous crisis, and it is not the time to lower salaries”, especially considering that listed companies obtained “record profits” in 2021.
During the pandemic, objective dismissals (compensated with 20 days per year worked) that alleged causes related to covid-19 were prohibited. Labor recognizes that the prohibition of objective dismissals worked during the pandemic and that is why the possibility of resorting to this measure is now being considered again.
As explained by the vice president, Tuesday’s decree law will include “a block of labor measures”, in addition to energy and social measures.
Likewise, he recalled that the new scheme for temporary employment regulation files (ERTE), the Red mechanism, is already in force and can be used at any time, although it requires prior activation by the Council of Ministers.
The Executive of Pedro Sánchez has wanted to wait until that date, despite the claims of the social agents, to know the conclusions of the European Council this Thursday and Friday.
The First Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calviño, announced on Monday the “eight specific short- and medium-term objectives” of the Plan, which will seek to lower the price of electricity and fuel and thus serve the most vulnerable groups such as first target. It will also support the most affected sectors and companies, reinforce price stability to avoid an inflationary spiral and guarantee supplies.
The other objectives are the protection of financial stability through the Official Credit Institute (ICO), the acceleration of the deployment of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR), the promotion of energy efficiency and the reinforcement of cybersecurity.