Pablo Casado is willing to do anything to maintain the labor reform decreed by the Government of Mariano Rajoy in 2012 without social dialogue and without parliamentary agreements. The president of the PP has responded this Monday to the second vice president of the Government, Yolanda Díaz, who reiterated her commitment on Saturday for putting in place a new labor relations framework that, among other things, repeals the “most damaging aspects” of the current legislation. “We will go to the end in the European institutions so that the labor reform is maintained”, announced Casado during a speech at the XXIV National Congress of Family Business.
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Casado has assured the business organization that his objective is to “maintain labor reform” which, he said, was “key to creating three million jobs” and, during the pandemic, “for the ERTE.” A mechanism that this Monday has defended as essential for workers and companies to maintain their relationship, despite the fact that every Wednesday from the PP they accuse the Minister of Labor of making up the real unemployment data by not adding job seekers with people in ERTE. And despite the fact that, as Yolanda Díaz herself has explained in recent months, the coalition government reformulated the ERTE in dialogue with employers and unions at the beginning of the pandemic.
Casado has also ignored that, according to the IMF, labor reform increased poverty among workers.
“I will respond with the same forcefulness and firmness,” said Casado. “Beyond the pressures and what is said, we will go to the end in the European institutions so that the labor reform is maintained,” he reiterated. The leader of the PP has assured that this reform is “essential” and that “the condition for the receipt of European funds makes it clear that the modifications have to be made in accordance with social dialogue and aimed at flexibility.” “It is the opposite of what you are doing [el Gobierno], raising costs without consensus, and saying the president and vice president that it is going to be repealed, say what your own boss follows. ”
Casado has repeatedly used the argument that the responses to the “files” sent from the European Commission to the Government prevent the Executive from fulfilling its electoral promise, contained in the coalition agreement, to recover “the labor rights taken away by the reform 2012 employment “.
But this weekend the Commissioner for the Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, said in El País that his intention is to “evaluate” once it has been legislated “how job security will be balanced with flexibility.” One element, that of “job security”, that Casado always obvious in his interventions. Gentiloni, with whom Díaz will meet this afternoon, reiterates at another time his desire that “the modernization of collective bargaining and the reorganization of contracts be done by achieving a balance between security and economic dynamism.”
In April, the economic vice-president of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis, conveyed to Díaz good feelings about job offers. In its final note, Brussels stressed that “the plan includes measures to reduce the high proportion of temporary contracts and reinforce active labor market policies that are expected to improve the functioning of the labor market. The plan is expected to help address the existing fragmentation of protection by unemployment, the provision of skills and qualifications relevant to the labor market that should accompany the country’s green and digital transition “.
Far from wanting to stop the repeal of the labor reform, Casado has proposed to deepen it, increasing “labor flexibility” and imposing the “Austrian backpack”, which already appeared in 2016 in the agreement signed between Pedro Sánchez and Alberto Rivera. A proposal, he said. that “redounds to the public unemployment and pension benefit system” and whose cost, which has been estimated at 10,000 million, would come from European funds.
Casado has also raised in his speech “modifying teleworking”. And he acknowledged that Spain has “the help of Europe” and that in no case will there be requests for adjustments like those that came in 2012. “For the first time Europe allows us to access aid with medium-term and more lax conditionality.”