"It is not a full stop"
The historic agreement on the three-way labor reform, between the Government, unions and employers, is pending parliamentary support. At this time, the Executive does not have guaranteed support for the rule from its political partners, who claim to include their own claims. On the other hand, the employers demand that the content of the agreement be respected, from which they threaten to withdraw in case of changes. The unions CCOO and UGT have asked this Wednesday the allies of the Government legislature to validate the decree of the labor reform and later address their requests. "Let this be a point and followed, the labor reform is not an end point," insisted Pepe Álvarez, secretary general of the UGT.
The Government reaches a historic agreement on the labor reform to reduce temporary work in Spain
In the same way, Unai Sordo, leader of CCOO, has expressed himself. "This is not the end of the story," he has expressed in his case. "I would urge government partners, especially leftist groups, to have a somewhat broad perspective. Take a look at what is at stake. The first labor reform to improve labor relations in 30 years is at stake. this country. That's a lot, "said Sordo.
The UGT leader has valued the negotiators, as connoisseurs of labor legislation and the productive fabric of the country on the side of the workers and employers, and has asked the political formations to recognize the consensus reached on complex matters and relevant such as the rebalancing of collective bargaining and the reduction of temporary employment.
The parliamentary partners of the Government at the moment are reluctant to validate the labor reform if some claims are not included. In the case of the PNV, the prevalence of the regional sectoral agreement over the state one, which was finally excluded from the agreement of the social agents. ERC has required the return of prior administrative authorization in the ERE. EH Bildu's resistance for its part is greatly influenced by the rejection of the labor reform by the majority unions in Euskadi, ELA and Lab, which were not in the negotiation.
"Some of the demands of the political forces are also ours," Álvarez has expressed about the demand that ERC has put on the table, "but this agreement did not address these issues."
The second part of the legislature remains
The union leaders have recalled that there are still two years left in the legislature, in which the political parties, as well as the unions, have the opportunity to negotiate their "legitimate" claims. These can be shared, they recalled, with the opportunity to jointly pressure the Government on issues such as a reform to restrict dismissal.
Pepe Álvarez has just placed dismissal as one of the union's priorities for this year. UGT will seek that the Government sit down to negotiate a second part of the dismantling of the PP legislation, Álvarez has argued, on issues such as the control of collective dismissals (ERE), the causes that allow dismissals and compensation. "We do not renounce to recover the 45 days per year that they took from us," the UGT leader stated.
Unai Sordo has not addressed today the new demands of CCOO for the future, but has insisted on valuing the "historic moment" that the country now faces: the approval of a labor reform against excessive temporality, one of the country's scourges, which It has brought together the coalition partners, the social partners and Europe. "This is what we have now, but it is not the end of the story. We must value the work of the social agents. I hope that the political groups make that reading," said Sordo.