Labor Day Demonstration in Valencia | Unions boast of social dialogue in the face of the challenges of full employment and 37.5 hours a week


Punctuality is not usually associated with demonstrations. The crowds of people and the infrastructure always make it difficult to adjust to the established schedule. In addition, Valencia has had a large political representation that has not missed the opportunity to make its particular diagnosis. of the situation of the labor market but also of national political issues, such as the case of Diana Morant, or of the local level, such as Papi Robles.

Around 11:20, one of the organizers, already exhausted, announced that without further delay, it was going to start. Sandra Gómez has been left with the word in her mouth, the last to intervene after the two union leaders, Baldoví, Robles, Morant and the ‘reborn’ for the Valencian cause, the former minister Leire Pajín, now a surprising bet by the socialists for the European. The parties have an inexhaustible pool of candidates always ready for any position. And being an MEP generates enormous expectations.

In labor matters, unions are concentrating their efforts on reducing the 40-hour working day (imposed in 1982) to reach 37.5 hours within a year. The challenge is still ambitious after some obvious successes such as the labor reform or the increase in the Minimum Interprofessional Wage.

The march has been supported by thousands of people, but without much intensity of protest. These acts seem to have lost the character they had in the past. The number of attendees was 5,000 participants, according to information provided by the Government Delegation.

Ismael Sáez, from UGT, has claimed the role of unions in advancing conditions and the “fruitful result” of social dialogue that has managed to raise the minimum wage and also pensions. On the less conformist side, he has demanded “full employment with rights” and the reduction of working hours, the real challenge of this legislature. Ana García, from CC OO, has expressed herself in similar terms.


The protesters carried banners and posters that read in Valencian ‘We have the power to change things’, ‘Against inequality, public servers of quality’, ‘Ni un pas enrere’ or ‘Treballar menys, viure millor’ .

Previously, in an interview in Les Noticies del Mati (À Punt) they had agreed to reject that the debate on the lack of productivity can increase with the reduction of the working day, of course, without economic consequences. Both commented on some threats that they perceive in the future regarding a hypothetical merger of BBVA and Sabadell due to the reduction in the offer for citizens in a market with so few participants.

The unions demand the reduction of working hours on May Day

García, for his part, has called for the need to control rental prices with the application of the Housing Law, while Sáez has warned about the risks of mass tourism that has generated protest demonstrations in some territories such as the Canary Islands.



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