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Progress in the Ministry of Labor to establish a 37,5-hour day

Progress in the Ministry of Labor to establish a 37,5-hour day

Jeickson Sulbaran

June 18, 2024 | 10:00 a.m.

The Ministry of Labor will lead the negotiation to reduce the working day to 37,5 hours per week in 2025

The Ministry of Labor has assumed leadership in the crucial negotiation with employers and unions to reduce the maximum working day to 37,5 hours per week by 2025. This ambitious objective seeks to improve working conditions and quality of life of workers throughout the country. In a recent press conference, Joaquín Pérez Rey, Secretary of State for Employment, explained that the bipartite negotiation has not advanced enough, which has led the Ministry to take the reins of the process.

Progress in the Ministry of Labor to establish a 37,5-hour day

The Ministry of Labor has decided meet social agents weekly to accelerate the negotiation and reach an agreement that allows a text to be sent to Parliament as soon as possible. Pérez Rey avoided establishing specific deadlines, but expressed the wish that the text could be closed and sent to the Cortes before the summer holidays. This measure is in line with the PSOE-Sumar Government agreement and has the firm support of the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz.

A significant step towards improving time registration

Joaquín Pérez Rey stressed that this is the most important negotiating table in the Legislature. Reducing the working day will not only benefit workers, but will also improve time registration. The objective is to reduce the working day from the current 40 hours per week to 38,5 hours this year and finally to 37,5 hours in 2025. In addition, the Government has made it clear that it will not allow the reduction in working hours to be compensated with overtime, maintaining the commitment to improve working conditions without sacrificing workers' rest time.

Despite the difficulty in reaching an agreement with the employers, The Government is determined to continue with this initiative. Pérez Rey stated that everything possible will be done to incorporate all actors in the process, but that, if this is not possible, this key element of the coalition government will not be renounced. This determination reflects the Government's commitment to improving working conditions and the quality of life of workers in Spain.

The vision of the Ministry of Labor towards a shorter working day

In summary, The Ministry of Labor has assumed a central role in the negotiation to reduce the working day to 37,5 hours per week by 2025. With weekly meetings and a strong commitment to the principles of the Government agreement, this measure is expected to benefit millions of workers, improving both their well-being and work efficiency in the country. The reduction in working hours is a measure that reflects the Government's commitment to labor justice and improving the living conditions of citizens.

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