Diaz’s attempt to unlock the scholarship system by limiting the possibility of voluntary internships falters


The government has taken steps to accelerate reforms that are still pending at the dialogue table with employers and trade unions. After a half-hearted agreement on pensions – without the support of employers – and after a bilateral agreement on salary increases for the next three years – in which the government pressured from the public sphere to force consensus – the Ministry of Labor is being used to implement the so-called Grant system.

After the meeting that took place on Thursday morning, union representatives indicated the need for clarification in the wording of the text that the Cabinet headed by Yolanda Diaz put on the table the point specified in Extracurricular practiceswhich is considered the backbone that has prevented an agreement on this issue so far.

In fact, the executive branch finds itself again in this law before the same clamp that was about to destroy the pension reform negotiations: it is possible that what was agreed upon with Executive Director, Cepyme, CC.OO. and UGT On the tripartite schedule it was not subsequently ratified by the House of Representatives.

According to sources close to the negotiations after the last meeting, the Ministry of Labor It would place a new restriction on students’ use of extracurricular practices. A restriction that does not convince even the guilds that demand its removal or at least a guarantee that fraud does not occur in this aspect of academic training. Nor do they convince employers who advocate preserving the possibility of implementing these voluntary internships, outside the academic journey path, and that they represent a means of entering the labor market for younger ages and support for companies to cover certain jobs.

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In fact, after the meeting, the Deputy Secretary General for Union Policy of the General Union of Workers, Fernando Loganand asserted in the brief balance of this last communication that, in addition to clarifying this important aspect of the rule, it would be expedient for the Government to raise the necessary support.

He referred to the document agreed upon by the two centralists in the federation, “We have been negotiating the scholarship system for a year and a half, and we still do not have a clear text after the text that did not see the light in October.” With executive power that fell by the wayside broken. “We want to be specific,” he stressed, adding that after the consultation period, that also became necessary.Determine what support the government will rely on«.

Extracurricular swing

In this way, although the UGTT notes that at Thursday’s meeting, the ministry did not make changes to the draft it had been working on in recent months, negotiating sources indicate to the ABC that while exchanging positions, the government would have raised a more restrictive formula. To some extent, with the aim of placating the unions’ rejection of this proposal, which brought this type of practice back to life, which was agreed upon in the text with the Council of Ministers. Yolanda Diaz In October they were completely wiped out within three years.

In paraphrasing, the text reached by ABC, it is established that extracurricular practices can be applied for three years from the entry into force of the rule “provided that you meet the specified requirements” and “only up to a maximum of 36 credits per academic year. As a general rule, this translates Max 900 hours.

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In the draft measure, the government distinguished between formations that offer only extracurricular practices and those that offer both, as well as curricula linked to the study plan for a university degree or vocational training. The term for the elimination of voluntary practices has been set for a period of three years if they are the only ones offered and for one year if the offer also includes the curriculum.

Parliamentary plane

However, not only is the battle of balancing the text that unites the conflicting parties at the dialogue table, but it has also been transferred to the House of Representatives. And also because of extracurricular practices and the first intention to end them in the near future. However, here it is Education sector The person who puts pressure on certain political forces, as this medium has been able to learn, so as not to sign the law with this intended repeal.

Unfortunately, some of these forces are invited to support the measure and endorse the decree-law, as they are parties that support the government coalition. Among these, parliamentary sources indicate, will be GNP also Toil, who do not support closing this route of entry to companies by the student. Now, the government is trying, as happened with pensions, to square the circle by combining the claims of employers and trade unions at the social dialogue table with those of parties supporting the executive in Congress.

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