It was a “constructive” meeting, but it ended without agreement. PSOE and United We Can have begun to continue talking after ending the meeting held by their delegations for more than two hours in the area that the Government has reserved at number 36 Carrera de San Jerónimo to address one of the crises. deepest the coalition has gone through in its nineteen months after the minority partner denounced a “meddling” of the first vice president, Nadia Calviño, in the negotiation of the labor reform. The PSOE claims to be the majority party within the Government and defends its ability to “participate” in updating labor legislation. Socialists frame this disagreement within the normality of coalition governments and compare it with others that have occurred, such as the housing law or the Minimum Vital Income. Both formations are aware that they are doomed to understand each other.
Yolanda Díaz asks the PSOE to “clarify” its position on the labor reform: “It is not about who leads, but about what we will do”
The tension has been increasing Since Friday the leader of Podemos and Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, called on Twitter for a meeting of the coalition pact monitoring table. The decision was triggered by an email sent by Calviño to the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, in which the coordination to address the labor reform was attributed, from now on. Faced with the anger of United We Can, Pedro Sánchez showed his support for the role of Calviño and recalled that the initiative affects “five ministries.”
Diaz has raised the tone this Monday when pointing out that the PSOE has doubts regarding the repeal of the labor reform and has asked it to “clarify”: “It is evident that there is a part of the Government that does not want the labor relations model to be changed, [que quiere] that the ‘status quo’ be maintained. “It is not about who leads, it is about what we are going to do with the main reform of the labor market in our country,” added the second vice president, who questions the intentions of the socialists regarding the repeal of some aspects of the PP regulations, such as the prevalence of company agreements over those of the sector. In the Ministry of Labor they fear that the move to include Calviño at the table will mean a reduction in their aspirations. they are on the alert for the possibility that the socialists will try to lower their expectations, reports Laura Olías.
The PSOE is clear that it is not going to leave a flag for the left in the hands of United We Can. “The entire Government is committed to addressing the modernization of labor legislation to eradicate precariousness, boost the competitiveness of the economy and re-establish a rebalancing between employers and workers. Such legislation, with a vocation to endure, will be carried out in Spain as it is done in Europe, with social dialogue and a vocation for consensus, “said Sánchez this Monday morning in a ceremony at the Ministry of Economy in which, in addition to Calviño, the European Finance Commissioner, Paolo Gentiloni, was present.
The question that you have left unanswered, for his part, the spokesman for the Executive, Felipe Sicilia, has been the one of the intentions of the PSOE regarding the contents of the negotiation of the labor reform, including those that appear in the agreement of the coalition. He has concealed himself that he was not going to reveal the position in full conversations. Socialist sources try to clear up doubts regarding possible programmatic disagreements and assure that it is “normal” for Calviño to assume a predominant role given her position as first vice president and head of the economic area, despite the fact that Díaz has already been sitting at the table for months. social dialogue. “The PSOE complies”, has assured the number two, Adriana Lastra, upon arrival at the meeting with the minority partner. “Nobody is dragging us to the labor reform. Did someone really think that we were not going to be there?”, These sources point out before the role that the second vice president has acquired in the negotiation with unions and employers.
From the coalition they vindicate the leadership of Díaz. “We think that Nadia Calviño, who is a person who has always been against repealing the labor reform, perhaps is not the most suitable to guide this process,” said the spokeswoman for Podemos, Isa Serra, about the claims that kept for the meeting this Monday.
The delegations of PSOE -composed by the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, that of Finance, María Jesús Montero, the deputy secretary general of the PSOE, Adriana Lastra, and the parliamentary spokesman, Héctor Gómez- and Unidos Podemos -integrated by Ione Belarra, the Secretary of State for Agenda 2030, Enrique Santiago, the Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, the Speaker in Congress, Pablo Echenique, the Chief of Staff of Yolanda Díaz, Josep Vendrell, and the Secretary of State for Labor, Joaquín Pérez- han reached the fifth meeting of the table to monitor the agreement since the coalition was born after significant tension over the loss of the seat of the Canarian deputy Alberto Rodríguez.
The decision of the President of Congress, Meritxell Batet, to comply with the criteria of the Supreme Court after the conviction against Rodríguez provoked an angry response from United We Can, which even announced a lawsuit against the socialist leader. The strategy, which neither Alberto Garzón, nor Yolanda Díaz nor the commons shared, has been redirected and finally neither the confederal group nor the former deputy will go against the third authority of the State, although the affected one does intend to defend their rights before the Constitutional Court and even in Strasbourg. Podemos has demanded Batet’s resignation while the PSOE has shown its absolute support. Although the Socialists have tried to compromise after the initial anger, they have argued that Batet acted as he should. “It is curious that he asks for the resignation of a president who has only done is comply with the law and a judicial resolution,” Sicilia settled.