The heads of the majority unions, CCOO and UGT, have warned the Government of Pedro Sánchez that it must maintain its commitment on the repeal of several key elements of the PP labor reform. “Yes or yes”. Both Unai Sordo and Pepe Álvarez have given statements to the media on Tuesday in which they have responded internal conflict within the coalition on this issue. Both union leaders have pointed out that their concern is not who coordinates the negotiation, that they understand that it is still “piloting” Work at the table with the social agents, but what legislation is intended to be carried out.
What is at stake when we talk about the “repeal of the PP labor reform”
Both union leaders speak after, yesterday, Monday, the two formations that make up the Government failed to overcome their differences regarding the labor reform, which they exploded last friday after Vice President Nadia Calviño sent an email to Yolanda Díaz informing that she would from now on be the coordinator of this important legislation.
Unai Sordo, who has just been re-elected as CCOO leader for another term, has stated in an interview on Radio Euskadi that, if the internal differences in the Government respond to coordination issues, as the PSOE ensures, trust them to be resolved without much complication. However, if the conflict lies in the fact that the Government wants to “back down” from the commitments reached on the repeal of the PP reform in key elements such as the primacy of the sectoral agreement over that of the company, as it accused yesterday Yolanda Díaz apart from the socialist wing, “the thing is going to complicate remarkably”.
Not only within the Government, but with the unions, Sordo has warned. “If this is reconsidered, the conflict with Workers’ Commissions is served,” he assured and joined the UGT in this confrontation. “I know that in this UGT we are in the same position. If the contents are questioned to bring the agreement closer to CEOE, who will not agree on the reform will be the unions,” he pointed out.
The leader of the UGT, Pepe Álvarez, has not wanted to go much into the internal differences of the Government, but he has also been clear about the need to repeal the legislation of the PP. “For the government as a whole to be sure that this battle we have to win. Yes or yes, because the labor market in our country needs it,” he said from Barcelona.
The union leader, with a historical relationship with the PSOE, has taken for granted that the socialist wing of the Executive remains in this commitment. “The important thing in any case is the position of the President of the Government. I remain with the words of President Sánchez in the PSOE Congress, where he addressed me to say they thought to repeal the labor reform. I remain with these words,” he said .
CEOE’s “right to veto”
Given the statements by President Sánchez and Vice President Nadia Calviño on Monday about the importance of “consensus” in the labor reform, the unions have once again sounded the alarms. This speech, already used in the past by the one-color Government of Pedro Sánchez, in the end left in a drawer the repeal of the PP legislation that they discussed for months with Minister Magdalena Valerio. The businessmen did not agree to the disassembly and the Government resigned to approve the norm without social consensus.
Both Pepe Álvarez and Unai Sordo have insisted that the Executive cannot give the employers a “right of veto” in the negotiation. “If the right to veto is granted to the employer, what is done is to hinder the agreement. If what is said is: ‘Either there is an agreement with CEOE, or the labor reform will not be repealed’, I already anticipate that it will not go away to modify the labor reform, “said Sordo bluntly.
Tomorrow there is a meeting of the social dialogue table on labor reform, like every Wednesday. On this occasion, union sources assure this medium that they do not know who will sit at the table on behalf of the Government. Sordo and Álvarez have affirmed before the media that they understand that it is Labor who will negotiate with social agents, as to date, but they have downplayed whether the Government has to reinforce internal coordination in the face of the proposals that end up on the table of dialogue, with more weight from other Ministries.