The bank mergers have once again put the most veteran workers in the spotlight to concentrate on them the cutbacks via early retirement. In the previous financial crisis, many companies from different sectors focused their restructuring on the workers with the longest tenure, in order to cut their labor costs further.
And the employers’ association Pimec asks that this not be repeated in the face of the economic ‘crash’ caused by the pandemic. “Covid 19 or downward adjustments should not serve as an excuse,” said the president of the employer, Josep González , this Thursday at a press conference.
The Catalan employers’ association of small and medium-sized companies has covered this Thursday the presentation of a report entitled “Age discrimination in the workplace”.
He has done it as a guide for the president of the Numitec Group and vice president of the Pimec Foundation, José María Torres ; a veteran activist against ‘ageism’ in the labor market.
“We cannot discriminate the greatest capital that human beings have, which is experience,” Torres declared in the presentation of the report. Event which was also attended by the third sector expert Begoña Gómez . “Do companies only need young people to be competitive? Obviously not,” said the wife of the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez.
“We cannot discriminate the greatest capital that human beings have, which is experience”
The report prepared by the Pimec Foundation presents the integration of veteran workers as a demographic need. Well, it highlights that in Spain those over 50 already double numerically those under 18, “which can make the generational change that until recently occurred naturally in companies”, the study warns.
Which will have a direct impact on the viability of the pension system. According to UN data collected in the study, Spain will be the third country in the world in 2050 in terms of economic dependence on the workforce. With a projection of 78 people over 65 for every 100 inhabitants. “In the new labor horizon, the senior worker will be essential,” he adds.
In this sense, the president of Pimec, Josep González, has applauded with nuances the Government’s proposal to reduce incentives for early retirements in order to extend work careers.
“We can improve the situation, sometimes there has been an excessive use of early retirement,” said the employer leader. González has also indicated that, for this to work, it must be accompanied by hiring incentives for companies, as proposed by the Ministry of Labor, with up to 7,500 euros in the case of a fixed contract for a person over 45 years of age.
The Government proposes discouraging early retirement and subsidizing permanent contracts for the most veteran
Torres has called for a greater involvement of companies to avoid discrimination based on age and facilitate the labor insertion of veteran workers who lose their jobs and need to reengage in the market. In this sense, the report advocates the massive implementation of the blind curriculum, which eliminates photographs or physical references to neutralize prejudices.
It also urges companies to invest larger amounts in continuous training, to retrain their employees in new skills. And the Government is proposing to unblock public funds to pay for part of that training, as well as to enable special self-employed quotas for veteran workers.