A Tripartite Agreement Reaches New Deal for Spanish Unemployment Protection Reform: Balancing Rights and Economics

Government, unions reach agreement on unemployment protection reform without CEOE: “It’s a significant step”

A draft law to reform unemployment protection in Spain has been agreed upon by the government and unions UGT and CCOO. The reform will affect both benefits and subsidies collected when the benefit is exhausted or if one is not entitled to it. The draft law will now be processed in the Congress of Deputies with the objective of being approved promptly, allowing Spain to access the fourth payment of European funds.

The second vice president and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, emphasized that the reform is not about mere money but rather ensuring the rights of workers. The reform aims to benefit workers, especially women who were disadvantaged under the previous regulations. While the government was unable to secure the support of CEOE and Cepyme, they remain hopeful for a tripartite agreement.

Employers’ associations have issued a statement expressing their dissatisfaction with the lack of negotiation and presentation of an economic report accompanying the reform. The absence of an economic memory in the proposal raises concerns about its impact amidst the extension of General State Budgets.

The reform seeks to protect a wider range of individuals and increase the level of support provided. This includes simplifying access to subsidies and making benefits compatible with employment, encouraging job seekers to re-enter

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