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Labor regime: a chaotic system that must be reformed

Labor regime: a chaotic system that must be reformed

The current context in which the debate on labor reform invites us to reflect on the need to transform and the role of the rules of the game in job creation.

Commemorated every May 1, Worker’s Day invites us to rethink the fundamental role that workers play in the development of our societies. The current context in which the debate on labour reform invites us to reflect on the need to transform and the role of the rules of the game in job creation.

As in the successful book “The Three-Body Problem” by Chinese author Cixin Liu, where a chaotic system slows down the progress of a civilization, the Argentine labor market faces similar challenges. The high informality, the judicialization of conflicts and the stagnation in the negotiation of collective agreements are just some examples of this chaos.

In this context, while some observe in this debate a dialectical dispute of opposing ideologies, others warn that the existing system has reached such a level of unpredictability that it has become chaotic, excessively onerous and highly conflictive. As a tangible example, incontrovertible facts stand out, such as the high rate of unregistered employment.

From this perspective, as in Liu’s narrative, the Argentine labor market faces similar challenges that slow down its development and growth, condemning us to repeat the same mistakes, like Sisyphus, struggling eternally and fruitlessly to climb the same rock uphill. .

To a greater or lesser degree of depth, the debates surrounding the proposed changes revolve around clarifying ambiguous legal aspects, simplifying labor relations, encouraging the creation of collective agreements and eliminating artificial changes introduced in the last thirty years that only served to increase conflict without any other palpable result.

It is imperative, then, to maturely address these changes, not as a matter of ideologies or polarized positions, but as an urgent need to introduce order and predictability into our labor system. As the motto of the last CIPPEC dinner said, “from the pendulum to the core”, Argentina needs to transcend the alternation between extremes and focus on substantial agreements that ensure a stable and prosperous future.

Labor reform is not only desirable, but necessary. It requires institutions capable of reaching democratic consensus that lasts over time, moving us to a probable and conducive environment for development and innovation.

On this day, let us embrace the opportunities that arise so that all Argentines can access decent work.

General Director and President of ManpowerGroup Argentina and Director of Talent Solutions for Latin America.

Source: Ambito

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