The EU urges Spain to reinforce dismissal compensation

The European Committee of Social Rights (CEDS) considers that the current regulation of dismissal in Spain does not comply with the European Social Charter and urges the Government to reform it.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
30 March 2024 Saturday 22:26
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The EU urges Spain to reinforce dismissal compensation

The European Committee of Social Rights (CEDS) considers that the current regulation of dismissal in Spain does not comply with the European Social Charter and urges the Government to reform it. The community body concludes, after a demand from the UGT union, that workers are not sufficiently protected due to the “low cost” of dismissal, as confirmed by Government sources to La Vanguardia. The conclusion of the CEDS has also been advanced this Sunday by the general secretary of UGT, Pepe Álvarez, in his personal blog.

The resolution, in the absence of knowing the specific content that the Government still does not know in its entirety, points out that the Spanish legislation on dismissals would not reach the degree of reparation and deterrence required by the European Social Charter.

“We cannot reveal it, but we ask the Executive not to prevent Spanish citizens from knowing the result of the UGT petition. The sooner we know what the Committee has said, the better for everyone. What there is no doubt about is the binding nature of that decision,” Álvarez said this Sunday.

The dismissal reform was already the subject of debate within the coalition government. The Second Vice Presidency supported the change in regulations during the last legislature. The also Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, defended a reform so that the effects produced by the termination of a contract for inappropriate reasons on the dismissed person are taken into account, since for example it is not the same if those affected have children under position or not, or if you are older. Díaz encountered reluctance from the Ministry of Justice.

The coalition program sealed before the inauguration of Pedro Sánchez between the PSOE and Sumar includes the commitment to modify the dismissal, a measure supported by both UGT and CCOO.