Pedro Sánchez insists that it is a commitment of “the entire Government” to carry out an update of labor legislation in Spain at a time when the coalition is going through one of its greatest crises on this issue and which has led to the call for a meeting of the table to monitor the pact at the request of United We Can, which denounced the “interference” of the economic vice president, Nadia Calviño in the negotiation that Yolanda Díaz is piloting up to now. The president has briefly referred to the matter in a ceremony held precisely in the Ministry of Economy hours before that internal meeting takes place and has insisted that the changes must be carried out within the framework of social dialogue and with the will of consensus.
Sánchez supports the role of Nadia Calviño in the labor reform and denies that there is interference: “It affects five ministries”
“The entire Government is committed to addressing the modernization of labor legislation to eradicate precariousness, boost the competitiveness of the economy and restore the rebalancing between employers and workers. Such legislation, with a vocation to endure, will be done in Spain as it is done. in Europe, with social dialogue and with a vocation for consensus, “said Sánchez in the presence of the European Commissioner for Finance, Paolo Gentiloni. Spain is gambling 10,000 million euros of European funds with the labor reform since it must have the approval of Brussels.
Sánchez has insisted that the “transformations” must “be done with the greatest consensus.” “During this decade, we have suffered many counter reforms in Spain. I want to think about the labor and pension reforms of 2012 and 2013 that broke, broke, social dialogue,” he recalled.
Sánchez had previously participated in the meeting of the PSOE executive in which, in the same vein as on Friday – when he came out in defense of Calviño – he made it clear that the Socialists will be part of the negotiation, an idea on which he insisted the spokesman, Felipe Sicilia, in the subsequent press conference: “Of course the PSOE wants to participate in the labor reform.” Sicilia has tried to downplay the discrepancies and recalled that there was also debate about measures such as the Minimum Living Income or the housing law that finally came through. “The Government is strong, solid, there will be a legislature and a good labor reform,” he declared.
“The PSOE wants to be part of this labor reform as it cannot be otherwise. It wants to contribute and contribute so that it is a good labor reform and whatever it is will be for the entire Government,” Sicilia reiterated, which has avoided commenting on the possible discrepancies within the coalition after the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, has assured that “there is a part of the Government that does not want the labor relations model to be changed” and that he wants “the ‘status quo’ to be maintained.
Asked about specific aspects such as ultra-activity – the time that agreements may expire until a new one is agreed between unions and employers – or the current prevalence of company agreements over sectoral ones after the labor reform of the PP, Sicilia has avoided commenting . It has hidden itself in the fact that it cannot give the party’s position at a time when negotiations are being carried out within the framework of social dialogue. However, they were two of the fundamental aspects for United We Can. “When the labor reform comes out, the PSOE will agree and also United We Can. It will have the approval of the PSOE and United We Can,” he said.
“The PSOE wants to be part of that labor reform as it cannot be otherwise. It wants to contribute and contribute so that it is a good labor reform and whatever it is, it will be for the entire Government”, reiterated Sicilia, who recalled that there is various ministries involved, including the Ministry of Economy, Education or Equality. Like other socialist leaders in recent days, Sicilia has avoided talking about “repealing” the labor reform. “The objective of the Government is a new labor reform and a new labor relations framework that is in line with the new economic reality of the country,” said Sicilia, who has referred generically to ending the reduction of rights that imposed by the PP.
In any case, the socialist spokesman did not want to answer the question of whether the PSOE intends for Calviño, in her capacity as first vice president and responsible for the economic area, to lead the conversations in the framework of social dialogue – a role that Until now I had Yolanda Díaz- and that they privately admit in Ferraz. However, Sicily has left in the hands of the negotiating teams that meet this afternoon the decisions that are adopted in this regard and has not wanted to anticipate what the socialist position will be.
“We do not see any risk in the figure of Yolanda Díaz, she is one more minister who is doing a magnificent job, the same as the other ministers,” Sicilia replied. However, the PSOE vindicates itself in some of those measures in which Unidos Podemos has so far taken out its chest.
Despite the fact that at all times the “good harmony” within the Government has stood out, Sicilia has revealed the discomfort of the Socialists with the minority partner regarding the complaint that they announced against the President of Congress, Meritxell Batet, for the withdrawal of the seat of the deputy Alberto Rodríguez after the resolution of the Supreme Court. “We do not finish understanding that the resignation of someone who complies with the law is requested,” said the spokesman, who has limited himself to saying that it is “curious”, although the Socialists try to lower the tension.
“I want to inform you of the total and absolute support of the Federal Executive Commission and of the entire PSOE to our colleague Meritxell Batet, president of Congress, in the decision that she has taken that could not be another [ha dicho en su intervención inicial]. What it has done is apply the law and regulations and be respectful of a court ruling as it could not be otherwise. ”