ERC, EH, Bildu, CUP and BNG mount a common front to request changes in the labor reform but see room for agreement

In a "common front" that tries to pressure the Government, the spokespersons of the main pro-independence formations, ERC, EH Bildu, CUP and BNG, have appeared jointly this Thursday in the Congress of Deputies to present common demands to the Government so that he achieves his support for the validation of the labor reform decree, a vote scheduled for next February 3.

The Government obtains a new support from the partners in Congress despite the tensions over the labor reform

The Government obtains a new support from the partners in Congress despite the tensions over the labor reform

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Among other initiatives, the independentist formations that request to process the decree as a bill -something that could be done only once the decree is validated- ask to recover the prevalence of the autonomous groups, return to compensation of 45 days per year worked or the reduction of the working day. In reality, the proposals of these groups have already been rejected by the Executive, which has been reluctant to touch a comma of the text agreed by the Government, the unions and the employers for fear that the employers will drop from said agreement.

But ERC, EH Bildu, CUP and BNG see "margin" for the agreement and have shown their "absolute and sincere will to open a process of dialogue and negotiation with the Government and the forces that comprise it, in order to reach an agreement that allows the approval of an ambitious labor reform, that responds to the requests and expectations of the working people and fulfills the word given to the working majority". But the four groups have defended their independence when deciding the final vote on validation.

"There is a majority of the left with which agreements can be reached," explained Jordi Salvador, an ERC deputy, one of the party's main negotiators with the government. In fact, he wanted to play down the importance of the visit made by the Vice President and Minister of Labour, Yolanda Díaz, to Catalonia, and his meeting with the ERC leader Roger Torrent. Salvador has said that "the main negotiator" of his party "is in Madrid."

"This joint declaration gives alternatives to the Government so that it fixes what it has to fix", insisted, for her part, the spokeswoman for EH Bildu, Mertxe Aizpurua.

The seven demands

The four forces ask to "recover and establish" the "prevalence and application priority of the provincial and regional collective agreements and agreements, as well as the legal shield of the regional Interprofessional Agreements where they actually exist." They also ask to "shield" the "own labor frameworks of the different territories and the agreements and collective bargaining agreements reached in them."

In addition, the groups request to recover "the necessary administrative authorization from the labor authority in the control of collective dismissals through the Employment Regulation Files, recovering for this the objective causes prior to the 2012 Labor Reform."

Another of the aspects requested is that "measures are specified to tackle precariousness and the possibilities of wage drop, focused on a review and modification of the causes and procedures for dismissal, as well as the processes of substantial modification of working conditions under causes of currently anticipated “losses.” Likewise, they contemplate "the removal of working and salary conditions based on justified causes must be conditioned to the agreement with the union representation."

Regarding dismissals, these parties seek to recover "compensation for unfair dismissal, increasing its amount to 45 days per year worked up to a maximum of 42 monthly payments for dismissals declared unfair. Likewise, processing wages will be recovered." They also raise "the application priority of sectoral agreements over company agreements." "The company agreements will have the function of adapting and improving the conditions established in the sectoral collective agreements, which will constitute the minimum floor of the conditions in all the companies in the sector," they add.

Another of the demands is to restore "the limitations of companies for collective geographic mobility" and recover "the need for an agreement to regulate the working day." And, finally, include "proposals aimed at reorganizing working time and reducing the working day, to facilitate the reconciliation of work and personal life as well as the distribution of employment and work, from the perspective of transformation towards a new model of labor relations in line with the energy, digital and demographic transition.

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