Historic allocation of public resources for the labor insertion of the unemployed. The coalition government has approved this Tuesday, at the proposal of the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy, the distribution of more than 2.8 million euros for the active employment policies (PAE) of 2023 dependent on the autonomous communities, explained the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz. This is the “highest figure in history”, has highlighted the Ministry of Labor that leads.
“It is the largest investment of public funds to improve employability in Spain,” Yolanda Díaz stressed at the press conference after the Council of Ministers, who argued that the previous “highest peak” in active employment policies was of 2011 and that has now been exceeded.
The total sum, specifically 2,803,847,030 euros, is financed “mainly by 2,571,961,030 euros from the budget of the Public State Employment Service (SEPE)”, details the Ministry of Labor, to which are added “another 231,886 ,000 euros contributed by the budget of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan”.
Yolanda Díaz has criticized the “cuts” of the PP government of Mariano Rajoy, both in active employment policies, up to “1,300 million euros”, and in unemployment protection itself. One of those cuts, the reduction in the amount of the benefit after the seventh month of unemployment, was reversed by the coalition government last February through the Budgets.
Focus on the long-term unemployed
The head of the Ministry of Labor explained that on this occasion the active policies to facilitate labor insertion will place special focus on long-term unemployed people, those unemployed for more than a year. A significant part of these funds will be dedicated to this group, highlights the Ministry.
This is one of the most numerous groups among the total number of unemployed, more than three million people according to the EPA, and it is not decreasing like others in which more progress is being made, such as young people. Yolanda Díaz has considered it “the central problem of unemployment in Spain”, unemployment itself being one of the biggest scourges and pending duties of our labor market, with a rate of 12.9%, in decline (minimum levels since 2008 ), but which is at the head of Europe.
Díaz has also launched an “appeal” to businessmen and women in the country, so that they hire these people and that they value the experience and labor value of workers over 45 years of age. “They cannot do without the talent of people in the prime of their professional careers”, stated the second vice president.
The minister recalled that, as a result of the recent Employment Law, active policies have been updated. Among the novelties, its evaluation and “the achievement of specific objectives” have been established, recalls Work. The final territorial distribution of these public resources will be approved at a Sectoral Conference on Employment and Labor Affairs with the autonomous communities, “to be held in the coming weeks,” adds the Ministry.
New Social Economy Law
The second vice-president has also presented some general lines of the Draft Comprehensive Social Economy Law, which includes changes to the cooperative law, the law regulating insertion companies and the current social economy law, to “modernize” the legislation on this economic model that represents “10% of GDP”. A very relevant weight, highlighted Yolanda Díaz, who has set the 12% that tourism represents as a reference.
Among the novelties for the cooperatives, Yolanda Díaz has highlighted the creation of the “Equality Committee”, as a social body that develops the Cooperative Equality Plans, “with the same guidelines” as the equality plans to which the ” ordinary companies”, he indicated. She also eliminates “obstacles” to these companies in the hands of the templates, as well as their modernization, such as through “digital votes” in internal participation processes. Díaz has stressed that cooperatives will be encouraged, but she will also prosecute fraud for false cooperatives that do not really comply with her precepts.
With regard to insertion companies, the person in charge of Labor has stressed that the concept of ‘vulnerability’ of those people with the most difficulties in finding a job is being expanded and also that they are committed to “individualized” accompaniment.