Pedro Sánchez will continue to govern until 28-A and will do so by decree law. Parliamentary arithmetic has prevented the president from moving forward in the nine months that he has governed electoral promises such as the labor counter-reform or the Equality Law, but now that lack of support will not be an impediment to carry out his plans. Sanchez will carry out his reforms even after the Cortes dissolved, on April 2019 Calendar Kalnirnay, through the Permanent Deputation of the Congress. This will happen with the labor counter-reform and also with the Labor Equality Law. A rule that reinforces the inspections of the Inspection and the fines with the ultimate goal of ending the gender pay gap. According to the Commission’s data from November 3 until the end of the year, European women work for free. And this is true despite the fact that the gap in the 28 EU countries as a whole went from 16.7 in 2016 to 16.3 in 2017. In the case of Spain, the average gross hourly wage earned by women it is on average 14.9% lower.
April 2019 Calendar Kalnirnay
To cut the gap, the Executive intends to impose by decree measures such as forcing companies to create a register with the average of salaries and staff complements divided by sex, by groups and by professional categories. This registry will be a new weapon for the unions in the negotiation of the agreements, which will join the greater power they will recover in collective bargaining with the labor counter-reform. The equal pay rule will also oblige companies to draw up an equality plan when they have more than 50 workers, and they will be obliged to register it in a public register. And in the case of companies with less than 25 employees, wage discrimination will be considered when the average of the remunerations of one sex is 25% or more higher than those of the other.
Sources from the Ministry of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Equality confirm that a large part of the wage gap measures will end up coming into force in the form of decrees before the elections. Although the Government had marked in red in the calendar on April 2019 Calendar Kalnirnay, for being the Equal Pay Day, and saw as somewhat political to approve these measures in a day of such substance, from the department led by Carmen Calvo discard that go to arrive in time for it to be approved in today’s Council of Ministers. It will be later, and on the horizon there is another key date: Friday, March 8, International Women’s Day. A day in which CC.OO. and UGT have called strikes that add to the feminist strike of that day.