Friday, 18 March 2016 00:00

Poveda's perspective on Job insecurity


MADRID, Spain.
On February 25, the Pedro Poveda Chair and the Pontifical University of Salamanca offered a workshop facilitated by the Institute of Pastoral Ministry of the university.

A big issue for the various political parties of Spain is labor reform. Most of the parties agree on a deep labor reform in Spain in order to put an end to job insecurity and provide a means of subsistence to families whose members are all unemployed.

At this workshop organized by the Institute of Pastoral Ministry, with the collaboration of Pedro Poveda Chair, Margarita Tarabini-Castellani, Professor at the University of the Balearic Islands, offered a series of proposals that would improve the situation of workers in Spain.

Loreto Ballester, former President of the Teresian Association and current Director of the Poveda Chair, chaired of the workshop, titled "Job insecurity: reasons and challenges.”

Professor Tarabini said that "it is very difficult to impose solidarity" but there may be circumstances that may require that. Among other things, through the long dialogue with the audience, she mentioned that Europe has to try to prevent slave labor in third countries.

She suggested lines of action, which are rays of hope in the current situation of our country. First, we need to create a culture of "claiming one’s rights", against the prevailing culture of fear among workers. Also, a legal system that may detect abnormal symptoms.

She cited some things that have improved in Spain, such as the Aliens Act and its regulations, but it still suffers from stiffness when discouraging certain employers. A key factor is improvement in technology, in order to be more competitive, and a strong support to small businesses. She said that current labor laws favor big business, which is a minority, and does not support the 90% of the productive agencies, which are small businesses.

During the Q&A session, Margarita Tarabini was asked about the efforts made by some political parties to come to an agreement. She said that she was aware of the alliances and "what was there before was worse."

She seemed to lean towards change to favor the weakest.

Text and photo: Nieves San Martin



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