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01 / 07 / 2004
Josep Maria Rañé: “It is difficult to keep fixing what the market has undone”

The labor and industry minister of the Catalan Autonomous Government stated that it is up to public entities to address the inequalities caused by the labor market, although it is also important to implement self-regulation and collective bargaining within enterprises.

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Josep María Rañé, the minister for labor and industry of the Catalan Autonomous Government stated this morning “it is difficult for public entities to keep fixing what the market has undone”, although he admitted the responsibility with regard to “ensuring health and education services and public expenditure levels to cover these and make up for inequalities.”

He insisted that despite being able to meet these needs, public entities “may be late in trying to solve what the market has undone”. Rañés speech in this morning’s Dialogue “Cultures of Work” pointed that “we cannot expect that legislation will solve everything; self-regulation is also necessary, as is collective bargaining in organizations that are action in the face of the effects of globalization.”

In his opinion, “public entities must take steps toward a redefinition of the concept of equality to be consistent with present-day realities, where inequalities are ultimately reinforced in the workplace. Public entities must address these imbalances by means of compensational measures.”

In his speech addressed on occasion of the Dialogue session on “Public entities and employment” Rañé stated, “economic growth has also brought about the growth of inequalities, and in a globalized world transnational companies are very often more powerful than national governments.”

In this respect he stated that “governments should demand corporate social responsibility from businesses without them waiting for public expenditure measures to be put in place.”

Irene Boruta of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University of Poland, also participating in the dialogue, stated, “it is necessary to reduce taxation of labor force and transfer taxing to capitals, since income policies have only been concerned about stability so far, whereas they should be aiming at development now.”

Also taking part in the session were Italian senator Tiziano Treu who stressed the importance “of a change in the concept of welfare, which should be addressed not only to the unemployed but to ensuring employment for life,” while Claudio Dedeca of the Campinas University of Brazil described his country’s present situation as one which “bases growth on the growth of financial enterprises rather than on the productive ones, which means there is no growth of investment but only of speculation.”