The leader of the Popular Party, Pablo Casado, has resorted this Thursday to the former Minister of Employment of the Government of Rajoy, Fátima Báñez, to defend the maintenance of the 2012 labor reform after the agreement between PSOE, Unidas Podemos and EH Bildu for its repeal. Married has affirmed that he has spoken of the consequences that his elimination would have with Báñez, who announced that he was leaving politics last year and to whom signed CEOE in early April.
“Today I have discussed with Fátima Báñez the consequences that his derogation agreed between Sánchez and the Batasunos would have for the ERTE and the social aid queues,” Pablo Casado tweeted. The message has been retweeted by Báñez, who since April belongs to the CEOE Foundation, where he coordinates the project “Companies that help” in the coronavirus emergency.
I ask for the maintenance of the labor reform that created almost three million jobs to overcome Zapatero’s recession. Today I have discussed with Fátima Bañez the consequences that her derogation agreed between Sánchez and the Batasunos would have for the ERTE and the social aid queues. pic.twitter.com/KQC7glDIZc
– Pablo Casado Blanco (@pablocasado_) May 21, 2020
The PP leader calls for the maintenance of the labor reform, which he is responsible for creating “almost three million jobs to overcome Zapatero’s recession.”
The employers CEOE and Cepyme have rejected this Thursday the agreement with EH Bildu, which they have branded as “capital irresponsibility” and “outrageous contempt” for social dialogue. Entrepreneurs have suspended dialogue with the government for the time being following the covenant.
The former Minister of Employment recently defended the labor reform that the PP unilaterally approved during his term in an article in the newspaper El Mundo, on the occasion of his eighth anniversary. In it, Báñez stressed that the reform represented “a new culture of employment in Spain” and asked “not to be carried away by ideology” and to articulate “new consensuses that favor shared solutions” in labor matters.
A controversial signing
Just a month later, Fátima Báñez joined the board of trustees of the founding of the employers, “without payroll” of the CEOE, according to sources explained to this media. His signing by Antonio Garamendi had been playing for many months and generated opposition in some sectors of the employers for fear of leaving the CEOE linked to the PP.
This idea was rejected by the employer’s president in an interview with eldiario.es: “I am absolutely not worried about anything. Fátima Báñez is out of politics, as she announced a long time ago. She can contribute a lot and she knows the situation of companies, businessmen, sectors very well and she is doing it generously.”
Fátima Báñez announced that she was leaving politics in March last year to start “a new stage in the private sphere”, although he did not report at that time his incorporation to any specific company. His announcement came just four days after Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, whom she supported in her unsuccessful career to preside over the PP, reported his transfer to the Cuatrecasas law firm.
Finally, in December, the pharmaceutical company Rovi incorporated the former Minister of Employment and Social Security as a new counselor, with the category of independent external. Fátima Báñez succeeds Enrique Castellón Leal, doctor and former Deputy Minister of Health of the Community of Madrid with Alberto Ruiz Gallardón, who has resigned after twelve years since his appointment as director, which prevented him from continuing as an independent external director .