Díaz points to “a very heavy business culture” as a problem in Spain
Yolanda Díaz, Second Vice President and Minister of Labor, has commented that Spain has “a productivity problem”, with a “negative differential with Europe”. She has spoken of this situation as a consequence of “a very heavy, very slow business culture, based on face-to-face“. Díaz has questioned the operation of these companies and has recalled that “the motivation and no connection” are keys to improve the productivity from the workers.
The statements have been made during the table “Labor Rights in the Metafuture”, in the Metafuturo event, organized by La Sexta. Where the vice president added that “since the 19th century, this is the most complex debate and it is taking place in Spain very easily. It is not about four-hour days. Working time is the most sensitive matter in the world of companies, it has to be very well thought out”, Díaz said at the table.
The Minister of Labor has regretted this “culture of precariousness” installed in companies and has indicated that it is related to “cultural factors” in Spain. However, she believes that these behaviors are changing and her Ministry continues to work to “broaden the disconnection factor”.
Díaz has also defended distance and remote work, as new forms of work, with some rights already recognized, such as the right to disconnection, included in Article 20 bis of the Workers’ Statute. “The right to disconnection must be respected. The worker and the employer must agree on the number of hours in which he has to be connected or available. They have to agree on it in detail, in such a way that the worker can organize their time as they deem best. Labor rights come there too. If there is one place where you can control the connection, it is when you work in remote, easier than the face-to-face“, has exposed the Minister of Labor.
Digital sovereignty and data control
Díaz has also spoken at this event about the Rider Law, “the most difficult” to negotiate in the social dialogue because “data and algorithms, which are owned by someone, from very large multinationals” were being discussed. The minister has highlighted the role of the social agents in this dialogue table and, in particular, that of the employers, who “understood that it was essential to regulate the use of forms algorithmic or mathematics” and defend “the right to competition” against multinationals.
The Rider Act has served as an example to laws in other countries and as a basis for the future European directive in this regard, which will be discussed next month in a council of European ministers, as Díaz has advanced. Among the achievements of his Ministry, he has also highlighted the algorithmic transparencycontained in article 64 of the Workers’ Statute, which has been, in his opinion, “a great contribution to the legal debate” in Spain and the world.
The minister has indicated that these progress They bring the legislation closer to “the reality of the world of work” in Spain, a “new digital country” that also requires a “new social contract” and labor protection. “The digital economy is very extensive and we have to approach it deeply, without any fear. It is very positive the use of technology and digital elements in our lives and in the economy,” he said.
The minister has invited workers to train to face these changes and has urged society to start “a serene debate” to “provide rights” to citizens in the face of new realities, such as the metaverse. Diaz has declared himself a “fascinated by the digital world and digital rights”, and has defended that this debate should be approached without “any fear”. The Minister of Labor has moved away from the “disaster and techno-pessimism” of the unions in the face of these issues and has advocated for “take seriously” these realities as country.
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