By Deirdre Tynan •
Published: 21 Sep 2021 • 9:32
Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz.
Image: La Moncloa
Labour Secretary Martin J Walsh has praised Spain’s new minimum wage and the role of unions.
Minister for Labour Yolanda Diaz and US Labour Secretary Martin J Walsh have held a bilateral video conference. In it Walsh praised Spain’s new minimum wage which Diaz, despite opposition, increased by €15 euros per month.
Labour Secretary Walsh said the minimum wage means “more participation, more consumption, more money in people’s pockets. It is a moral obligation to do so.”
Walsh is a former union leader and was Mayor of Boston. He was appointed to President Joe Biden’s cabinet in March 2021 and was the last departmental secretary to join.
Diaz and Walsh have pledged to continue to work jointly on “decent wages, fair working conditions, greater security and health at work and equality and non-discrimination, elements”
Walsh described the effort as “inseparable from quality employment and essential to improve the social welfare of both countries.”
Both Walsh and Diaz, who is a member of the far left Podemos party – a key element of the coalition government – reiterated their shared belief that unions play a vital role in representing the interests of workers.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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