The electoral campaign in the Community of Madrid is altering even the minimum standards of courtesy. The president of the CEOE employer, Antonio Garamendi, has decided to leave the second vice president and minister of Social Rights and Agenda 2030, Pablo Iglesias, and the rest of the social agents in the signing of the agreement of the Social Dialogue Table on Personal Autonomy and Dependency. Several sources assure that the reason for not attending the event is the refusal of the business leader to appear in the photo with Iglesias, once he has announced his candidacy for the presidency of the Community of Madrid.
In addition to Iglesias, the event was attended by the general secretary of UGT, Pepe Álvarez, and the general secretary of CCOO, Unaí Sordo, and the president of Cepyme, Gerardo Cuerva. The agreement establishes as priority objectives to reduce the waiting list and the processing times for applications; ensure that the working conditions of the people who work in the System for Autonomy and Dependency Care are adequate; and introduce improvements in services and benefits that guarantee adequate care for dependents.
Sources from the employers justify the absence of Antonio Garamendi because finally “they have not finished matching agendas.” The attendance of the president of the business organization to the signing of this agreement was foreseen in the CEOE’s agenda, which has already removed the link on its website. However, it can be queried in the cache, as shown in the following image.
Regarding the last minute sit-in, from CEOE they explain that “there have been changes in the agenda because we had to go to the Canary Islands to sign the Sumamos Plan” and they emphasize that the event was attended by the CEOE vice president and Cepyme president, Gerardo Cuerva. The Sumamos Plan is an initiative of the CEOE itself, of its foundation, to amplify the testing and screening capacity of COVID.
The elections to the Community of Madrid have become the last excuse for not closing agreements by the CEOE. Employers do not want to hear about the dismantling of the PP labor reform. This was the balance of the first social dialogue meeting that aims, precisely, to repeal part of that legislation of the Government of Mariano Rajoy, as well as reviewing other aspects of labor regulations to reduce excessive temporary employment, for example. The bosses CEOE and Cepyme closed in band this Wednesday to resume the negotiation that had already begun before the pandemic with the argument that “this is not the time.” Due to the COVID crisis, but they also cling to another reason: the Madrid elections on May 4.