UGT and CCOO have encouraged workers to demonstrate this May Day with events called in more than 70 cities throughout the country to demand “a social agenda and a more just social and economic model.” From the Government, the president, Pedro Sánchez, has warned that there will be no recovery “if it does not reach the workers.”
The Vice President of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, has defended that “this May Day is not just another day”, but that her values of decent work, solidarity, equality and social justice constitute “the most effective and resounding response to the economic and social crisis we are going through “.
In a joint manifesto, the two unions emphasize that, “after a very hard year”, it is time to return to the street and value public services with an explicit recognition of all the essential workers who “have been at the forefront” in this pandemic . Under the slogan “Now it’s time to comply”, the unions urge to implement the social agenda pending and committed to the Government with some priority points.
Among them, finalizing the negotiation to repeal the 2012 labor reform , committing to a public pension model and repealing the 2013 reform, renewing active employment policies, passing an equal pay law or promoting a crash plan against accidents .
UGT and CCOO also have among their demands for this year the increase in the Minimum Interprofessional Salary (SMI) -which continues at 950 euros per month- and which, they recall, “affects the most vulnerable people, many of them workers in essential sectors.”
Demonstrations with sanitary protocols
The unions recall that in all demonstrations and concentrations the security measures against COVID-19 that the health authorities require (masks, distance between people avoiding crowds) will be maintained and that progress will be made in columns. “We make an express appeal to the responsibility of all and all to follow the indications of the convening organizations,” they underline.
The third vice president and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, plans to attend the Madrid demonstration, as she has done every first of May, a date recognized by the International Labor Organization (ILO), they recall from her team.
From the PP, the party’s Deputy Secretary for Sectorial, Elvira Rodríguez, has described it as an “unusual issue” for the Minister of Labor to go to the demonstration because “it had always been the unions that had been free to say whatever they wanted” and indicated that the workers will take to the streets against “a government of unemployment.”
Pedro Sánchez: “There will be no recovery if it does not reach the workers”
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez has warned this Saturday, May Day, that “there will be no recovery if it does not reach the workers of our country” who this Saturday will listen to their demands “with an eye toward ending the precariousness and inequality “.
This is how the chief executive has spoken on his Twitter account, in which he has also assured that we have to get out of this crisis “with decent, stable and transforming jobs.”
There will be no recovery if it does not reach the workers of our country. Today we listen to their demands with an eye toward ending precariousness and inequality. We have to get out of this crisis with decent, stable and transformative jobs. # 1May pic.twitter.com/G72pWq99H6
For her part, Minister Yolanda Díaz, in a video distributed to the media, pointed out that the crisis derived from the pandemic “has confronted us with an outdated labor model”, based on precariousness, which has already begun to develop. correct.
He has defended that “the historical presence of work in one of the country’s vice presidencies” is an example of the “relevance” that the Government has to this matter in a context of recovery, beyond the traditional accompaniment of the “labor and social conquests of unions”.
“May Day has never been another day, even less this 2021,” he summarized, which is a day “of hope and shared projects” in search of “decent work to build the future.”
CSIF has put the role of public services at the center of their May Day manifesto and the “urgency of ending the unacceptable rate of temporary employment in our Public Administrations”, which is close to 30%, almost ten points above the private sector. “We must put an end to the unacceptable precariousness of the people who work in our public services,” claims the union, which also asks again on this date “for a wider and more plural union majority.”
In this sense, they ask to modify the Organic Law on Freedom of Association to open union representation to the whole of Spanish society. “In no case will such plurality exist if CSIF is excluded from social dialogue,” they point out.