Wednesday, November 30

Scholarship holders will have the right to be paid for transportation, vacations and may not exceed 20% of the workforce.

Last fringes to close the Scholarship Statute. The legal text is practically closed, sources from the negotiation explain, so the majority unions CCOO and UGT will submit the draft for consultation by their internal bodies between this Tuesday and tomorrow Wednesday. The regulation recognizes new rights for interns, the so-called interns, such as compensation for expenses derived from their training, such as transportation and maintenance, as well as the right to vacations. Limits are also imposed to avoid the abuse of this figure, such as a maximum of 20% of interns over the total templates, according to the draft to which has had access.

The Scholarship Statute is delayed until September due to the reluctance of employers

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The social dialogue meeting on the Statute held yesterday afternoon resulted in a “pre-agreement” statement by the UGT, which the Ministry of Labor still does not take for granted. In CCOO they recognized their support for the text on the table, which they will vote on Tuesday in their Executive. Tomorrow the UGT will do it in its Committee.

The unions give up on the businessmen in this agreement, due to their attitude at the table yesterday, Monday, but from the CEOE they point out that “the table is open” and they do not confirm that they still distance themselves from this negotiation. “If they call us to the table, we will go”, they respond to this medium.

new rights

The second vice-president, Yolanda Díaz, announced in April this year that the Scholarship Statute would be a new “catalogue of rights” for these students in practical training, with the intention of putting an end to the free and precarious work of many scholarship holders in Spain. .

Finally, the legal text will collect the right to compensation of expenses, of “all those in which the person in practical training in the company incurs as a consequence of this, such as travel, accommodation or maintenance expenses”. The obligation of a minimum remuneration is not included, as was discussed during the negotiations at the proposal of the unions, since it is considered that the interns do not carry out a job but rather a training, a central issue in the new norm.

The company will not be obliged to pay said compensatory expenses “if there are other scholarships or grants that cover them”, indicates the draft. In addition, this compensation “will be understood to be compensated” if “all the necessary services” are made available to the scholarship holder or if the internships are paid and the amount “is sufficient for their coverage”.

The right to vacation is also included, something that is not guaranteed today. The internships must respect “the limits and breaks, including holidays and vacations, established in the legal regulations and collective agreements that are applicable to the workers who provide services in the company.”

In general, the training activities may not be carried out “at night or in shifts”, unless exceptionally the learning provided for in the training plan cannot be carried out in other periods, due to the nature of the activity.

It is expressly stated that the internships must guarantee their compatibility with the rest of the student’s training activities, such as exams or classes, as well as the right to be absent to attend the doctor and the “temporary interruption” of the internship in case of illness or due to “care responsibilities”.

The right to “all the services available to workers in the workplace” is also specified, such as “restaurants, rest areas, parking or others”.

In addition, the right of scholarship recipients “to protection against violence and harassment, including violence and sexual harassment and harassment based on sex, gender identity and expression, as well as sexual orientation”, among others. .

Limits to ensure learning

The norm specifies a very relevant right, to “tutoring” of students, with measures to try to guarantee a better learning of people in the course of their internships, who today often hardly have this support. For this, the regulation establishes that the people who are designated as tutors in the company may have “a maximum, simultaneously, of five people in practical training, which will be three, in the case of companies with less than thirty people on the workforce. ”.

In addition, a new limit is imposed, that interns may not exceed 20% of the company’s total workforce. With one exception, designed so that small companies (very numerous in the country) are not left without the option of giving practical training to students: “Any company may arrange practical training with two people, regardless of the number of people on the staff”.

Another fundamental issue that has focused a large part of the negotiation due to the rejection of businessmen, but also of university rectors and the Ministry of Universities, is the elimination of extracurricular internships. That is, those that are not part of the educational curricula of the students. The unions and the Ministry of Labor warned of the great focus of fraud of false interns in this modality, for which they have insisted on the need for its suppression.

Finally, extracurricular internships will be eliminated for a transitory period, so that universities and other study centers can expand their curricula with more internship subjects. These internships will cease to be applicable “once a period of three years has elapsed” from the entry into force of the regulation in degrees where there are no curricular internships and within a period of one year where there is this modality.