Díaz signs a memorandum with the US to promote cooperation in labor matters


The second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, signed this Wednesday in Washington with her North American counterpart, Secretary of Labor Martin Walsh, a memorandum of understanding to give “a new impetus to Hispanic-American cooperation in labor matters”.

The agreement also contemplates an “ambitious plan of activities to expand collaboration at the union level, platform work and protection of the most vulnerable workers,” the Ministry explained in a statement.

The document urges, among other things, to enforce minimum wage standards, promote quality jobs, strengthen the voice of workers in the workplace, as well as coordinate labor policies between the two countries.

“Our government shares the social agenda with the Biden administration and it is important that both countries jointly build the future of the world of work,” said Labor Minister Yolanda Díaz.

Díaz and Walsh have addressed in their conversation both climate change and the impact on the new labor relations and “the need to bet on trade unionism to broaden democracy”.

Today’s was the first in-person contact between Walsh and Díaz, who already held a videoconference in September of last year, in which issues such as the minimum wage, social dialogue or the new challenges of the world of work were discussed.

According to the Ministry, Walsh has shown “a special interest” in the so-called Rider law that has been approved in Spain, a legislation “that guarantees the labor rights of people dedicated to distribution in the field of digital platforms, in addition to establishing new reporting obligations on algorithms that affect working conditions”.

Díaz has indicated that he is following with interest the efforts of the Department of Labor to classify digital platform workers as employees. “As happened with the proposal for a European directive, there is enormous interest in learning about the content and deployment of the Rider law, a pioneering standard at a global level,” the vice president pointed out.

The Minister of Labor and her US counterpart have committed to jointly promoting algorithmic transparency mechanisms at the international level to encourage employment and prevent discrimination against vulnerable groups, including young women, people at risk of exclusion and LGTBIQ+ people. .

Faced with the new challenges in the world of work, the vice president wanted to highlight the impetus that Walsh has given to new forms of trade unionism, as well as the efforts that American citizens are making to organize differently and defend their rights in the new context of the world of work.

“We share public policies that have to do with the protection of workers in both countries”, Díaz insisted, explaining that the public agenda that both nations defend is substantially moving towards the protection and improvement of minimum wages, but also of salaries in general.

“The main impact of the minimum wage is that it not only affects the most vulnerable populations, but also favors the rise in wages in general terms,” Díaz reiterated.


Before the meeting with Walsh, Díaz held a meeting with Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders, “a political and moral reference for those of us who work for a fairer world,” in the words of the vice president.

In the conversation between the senator and the vice president, they analyzed the situation of global uncertainty and the need to build a transnational social and climate agenda.

Díaz and Sanders have agreed to meet again to “continue strengthening alliances with the aim of expanding democracy and human rights,” according to the Ministry.