Granado: "The Socialists did it fatally in 2008. We let three million jobs be destroyed"

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The Secretary of State for Social Security, Octavio Granado, has criticized today with harshness the management that the Government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero made of the crisis. "We, and when I speak of us, speak of the socialists, we did it fatally in the 2008 crisis because we let three million jobs be destroyed. And since we did it fatally it is time for someone to say it. And I do not have any problem in saying it: we did it fatally ", he has sentenced in the paper" Social Security before digitalization and the retirement of the baby boom: keys for financial and social sustainability "held at the Menéndez Pelayo International University in Santander .

The words of Granado allude to the fact that Rodríguez Zapatero's government did not take the necessary measures, as did, in his words, the Executive of Felipe González in 1992, when he approved incentives for temporary and part-time hiring to stop the destruction of employment . "We had to have been able to do what the government of Felipe González did in 1992: did he extend part-time work? yes; Did you extend the temporary contracts? yes; And what did you get with that? Well, there were not three million people without jobs. Because the crisis of 1992 could have been as annoyed in Spain as the crisis of 2008, "he said.

Instead, Rodríguez Zapatero's executive did not approve, in the words of Granado, sufficient measures in the labor market. The Secretary of Social Security compared the Spanish labor market with the squad of a cycling race. In this way, when the slope drops -which would be when the economy is growing-, the labor market via wage increases by agreement "corrects the labor market and inefficient companies, which make unfair competition, mistreat workers and defraud they can not pay such high salaries. And when an agreement is signed a higher salary in collective bargaining is made to force those who can not pay to close. And that's fine when the economy grows, because those companies will end up firing their workers, but they will find work in other companies. "

The cycling squad of the labor market
A phenomenon that changes when the economy enters a phase of crisis. "When the peloton is ascending the mountain because that's when the economy goes down, if we accelerate the march of the peloton we run the risk that the peloton will disintegrate. And we run the risk that in the end we have to modify the disqualification standards because if a significant part of the runners is not disqualified, "Granado illustrated. In his words, when the economy is in crisis, it is necessary "that the labor regulation keep the united squad running less, earning less money to avoid a deceleration of a very important part of the workers".

The declarations of Granado contain a strong charge of self-criticism and honesty, since he himself had then the same position as now: from 2004 to 2011 he was Secretary of State for Social Security, with the ministers of Labor Jesús Caldera (from 2004 to 2008). ), Celestino Corbacho (2008 to 2010) and Valeriano Gómez (2010 and 2011). (tagsToTranslate) pomegranate (t) octavio (t) fatal (t) crisis (t) 2008

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