“It is a shame that will have consequences.” With this phrase, the agrarian groups declare a new revolt open in the Spanish countryside. All because of the decision of the Ministry of Labor to leave outside the negotiating table of the peonadas and the agrarian subsidies to the business representatives of the field – “with nocturnality and alevosía”, they denounce from the associations. Second Vice President Pablo Iglesias and Minister Yolanda Díaz, who presided over the meeting, gave the order to call Asaja, UPA and COAG by email sent at 9:25 p.m., leaving them out of any decision-making capacity. The outrage was immediate and caused a new hurricane in the Spanish countryside and the first serious disagreement between the leaders of Podemos with the employers.
The unconverted associations denounced in LA RAZÓN that no one has explained to them why they have been left out, especially when the call for this meeting came from the Ministry of Labor itself on February 11. In the letter they were asked to discuss «aspects related to the labor reality of the sector». But Thursday’s email dynamited the meeting and lit the wick of outrage.
Indignation in the sector
From Asaja they have been tremendously upset with the situation, because «the only thing they are getting is that the environment is heated unnecessarily, besides we do not understand that they leave us out when we are a fundamental part of the problems they want to solve». As they explain, the only excuse the Ministry gave them was that they “left us out for personal problems. It is a disaster and a tremendous nonsense. If that is the dialogue they want, we are going very badly ».
They also denounced that the agrarian subsidy monitoring table has been unilaterally altered, constituted for years by the representatives “designated by law” by the most representative agricultural groups – in this case Asaja, COAG and UPA -, so they demand Iglesias and Díaz that this composition be “maintained and respected” and that “social dialogue is not skipped to the bullfighter. We do not want those who do not represent us to represent us. The management of the social dialogue must be done with everyone, ”Miguel Blanco, secretary of COAG told LA RAZÓN, who added that the sector“ will take to the streets in the face of this new outrage ”. From UPA they considered “essential” to have agricultural entrepreneurs to “address in depth and truth” labor relations in the sector.
This situation led yesterday to the three professional agricultural organizations to send a letter of protest to Yolanda Díaz, in which they expressed their “discomfort” and “surprise” at the decision to exclude them and to ask for explanations. However, sources from the Ministry of Labor denied that there had been any type of exclusion because “they were never officially summoned” to the meeting, and said they were only summoned to meet later, meeting that will finally take place next Tuesday .
Controversy by the SAT
Not even Iglesias and Díaz were able to fully satisfy the representatives of CC OO and UGT, who were at the meeting. The presence at the table of the Andalusian Trade Union of Workers (SAT), next to Podemos and represented by its historic leader Diego Cañamero and his spokesman Óscar Reina, caused an awkward situation for the majority centrals, which criticized that the Government has given voice to a group “with an absolutely minority representation and very little representative of the Andalusian countryside,” said sources of CC OO. In this way, Iglesias brand territory decides to encumb a minority union such as SAT only for its political and ideological affinity.
With all this mess, the real reason for the meeting was left in the background, to determine the new agricultural subsidies granted through the Agreement for Employment and Agricultural Social Protection -Aepsa, the former PER-. The Government has agreed to reduce the workloads from 35 working days to 20 to be able to access the agricultural subsidy due to the severe weather situation that in recent months has made work scarce and has hindered access to the workings, but has only been approved of Short term this exercise. Currently, day laborers must work a minimum of 35 days to access an unemployment benefit that extends for six months. At the meeting, there was also a need to reform the system of peonings in the medium term, “to ensure that it provides more adequate coverage for possible agricultural work,” said the minister after the meeting, whose conclusions will be transferred to the groups on Tuesday that yesterday left out of the room.