The Minister of Inclusion, José Luis Escrivá, has replaced the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, at the last minute, before the demanding audience of the assembly of the Family Business Institute (IEF) and has not been diplomatic before some of the main businessmen of the country.
Although Escrivá has defended the family business model for having special social responsibility characteristics, he has devoted part of his speech to berating businessmen for “the installed culture of early retirement”. In a calm but forceful tone, Escrivá has lamented that companies abuse early retirement of their workers in a way that he has described as “aggressive” and has pointed out the “anomaly” that supposes that in Spain there is a rate of activity in the workers between 55 and 75 years lower than in the rest of the European Union. “Early retirement is charging the costs of business restructuring to Social Security (…) It is not the solution.” The minister did not specifically accuse the family businessmen present of this practice and, on the contrary, praised the long-term management of this type of company, but took advantage of this business forum to launch harsh messages against adjustments in template from 55 years.
In the closing ceremony of the annual assembly of the Family Business Institute, Escrivá was emphatic that in order to balance the accounts “there is no more effective measure for the sustainability of the pension system than postponing the retirement age”. For this he wants that, in the second part of the reform that he proposes for this year, to introduce “positive incentives” to active and partial retirement. That is to say “to reconcile salary and pension”.
The assembly was attended by, among others, the president of Acciona, José Manuel Entrecanales, the financiers Juan March and Miguel Abelló, the president of Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Sol Daurella, of Barceló, Simón Pedro Barceló, or of Iberostar, Sabina Fluxá.
In his presence, Escrivá has rejected the criticism of several business organizations, including the Family Business Institute, against the rise in contributions of the first part of the pension reform and has minimized them.
The minister has also closed the door for now to failing to fulfill the commitment to raise pensions for next year in accordance with inflation, even if it soars. “The sustainability of the pension system is fundamental, but so is giving certainty to pensioners and future pensioners.”
Escrivá has also lamented that companies do not allocate more resources to the training of their employees and has criticized “the anxiety” that exists about European funds, when he believes that they are being executed “well”.
In what he has connected with the audience is with his recognition that “a continuous evaluation of the efficiency of public spending in Spain” must be carried out, which he has admitted is not being done “sufficiently” in the Government.
The Family Business Institute (IEF) has given a boost to the Popular Party by inviting its general secretary, Cuca Gamarra, to participate in the assembly, when the tradition in its annual assembly is to request the participation only of members of the Government or State agencies . Gamarra, for his part, assured questions from the director general of the IEF, José Luis Blanco, that “there is no need to demonize the businessman” and has given particular importance to family businesses. “What the family business has to say must be listened to. The philosophy behind the family business is the model of what Spain is like,” said Gamarra.
The IEF has elected Sener’s president, Andrés Sendagorta, who has assured in his first speech that “family businesses are one of the key pillars on which Spanish civil society is based”. He has followed the line of his predecessor, Marc Puig, whose mandate has expired, to demand that the Government not put more obstacles and taxes on companies in this phase of the Spanish economy. “We do not ask for favors nor do we want privileges. What we ask is that we be taken into account and be allowed to compete in the world without burdens or disadvantages,” he stressed. He has also claimed that family businesses have always embodied the now fashionable values of corporate social responsibility and long-term vision without seeking quick profit. That is why he has asked to defend this model of productive fabric “without retrograde protectionism, but also without dangerous naivete”, alluding to burdening family businessmen with so many obstacles and taxes that the most tempting thing is to sell the company.
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