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José Ignacio Goirigolzarri: "We have to start talking about specific industries and measures for them"

In an interview with Antena 3, the chairman of Bankia highlighted social dialogue to improve the labour reform.

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By  Communication Bankia

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21 May 2020 - 11:00

The chairman of Bankia, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, has discussed the actions that have been taken so far to alleviate the effects of the crisis resulting from the spread of COVID-19 and has expressed his support for moving to a second phase focused on specific industries and measures so that they can move forward.

"We have had a first phase in which, from an economic perspective, we have made the right decisions. One example are the guarantees of the ICO. The relationship between the private sector, banking and the institutions -ICO- is going in the right direction. We have to move on to a second phase in which, instead of talking about large-scale issues, we focus on specific issues, specific industries and measures for them”, he said.

During an interview with Antena 3, the chairman of Bankia pointed out that after this second phase, we would move to a third phase in which we would need to prepare mentally, “make the most out of a bad situation”, and make a qualitative change in the economy.

In this regard, he insists on the importance of thinking that every crisis creates opportunities. "This crisis also has to prepare us psychologically to strengthen the obvious weak points of the economy", he added.

Regarding the repeal of the labour reform, Goirigolzarri mentioned social dialogue and recalled that business owners and trade unions have shown that they have a "frankly remarkable" willingness to negotiate. "We have to let the experts discuss this issue: workers’ representatives and employers. They, through social dialogue, have shown in the past that they have a great capacity to reach agreements. Let’s let them work. Let the cobbler stick to his last", he said.

The chairman of Bankia shared his opinion that the labour reform has led to the creation of 3.5 million jobs since 2013, as well as the creation of ERTE (temporary employment reduction), which is being applied to 3.5 million workers today.

"Can this be improved? Yes, like everything else, but it seems to me that there is no need to amend it completely, particularly in such a delicate situation”, he said.

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