10/01/2022 at 9:15 PM CET

Angel Alonso Gimenez

“We will do cooperative work” with him Ministry of Labour. This is how socialist sources express themselves to EL PERIÓDICO DE ESPAÑA, a newspaper belonging to the same editorial group as this media, when asked about their role in the political negotiation of labor reform. This is the issue that is causing the most headache for the government right now, both for the PSOE sector and United We Can sector. “It is not clear that it is withdrawn from Congress,” admits another source, referring to the decree agreed with the employers and with the unions. We need the validation of Congress, or its repealThis last option which, if it did occur, would be a monumental bump for the Executive.

Aware of this, President Pedro Sánchez met this Monday his economic team and the leaders of his highest confidence at the headquarters of the PSOE. Minister Félix Bolaños; the assistant secretary, Adriana Lastra; the speaker in Congress, Hector gomez; and his chief of staff, Oscar Lopez, were among those present, as well as the First Vice-President and Minister of the Economy, Nadia Calvino. Labor reform is crucial, And as they know that the parliamentary sum which would lead to the validation of the decree is not guaranteed, they decided to get involved in the process. Bolaños will start probing and talking with the parties. He has already done so, the sources point out.

Pedro Sánchez, Félix Bolaños and María Jesús Montero at the end of the last plenary session of last year at the Congress of Deputies. | José Luis Roca

It will thus be added to Yolanda Díaz, who is running the show at the moment. This is not, the sources argue, of overlapping or eclipsing, but of coordinating and ensuring that the repeal of labor reform enters Congress within the same framework that generated the agreement with the employers. and unions. The first test: when the time comes to validate the decree.

The President of the Lower House, the socialist Batet Meritxell, must convene an extraordinary plenary session before the end of the month. The idea is to speed up the 30-day deadline set by the Constitution for the said decree to be ratified or rejected, and secondly, for it to be treated as a bill or not. This is the main path that the Government has traced on its map: convincing the allies to support the validation, then, the transformation into a bill.

However, not all partners trust. There are many precedents for decrees which, after being validated, wandered for months and months in parliamentary limbo of proroguing amendments. It is a common trick, completely legal, so politically debatable. For this reason, the allies continue to explore the possibility of creating a common front that will lead the coalition executive to certain pacts, which would include the temporary assessment of parliamentary negotiation. Contacts among the allies, in search of this resistance front, they did not stop at Christmas, notably via Telegram and WhatsApp. They did not crystallize and the coordination is still missing, but the idea has not collapsed, far from it.

Polyhedral dialogue without the PP

In government, they know that the atmosphere that reigns among the allies is variable. It must be taken into account. For this reason, the agendas have been adapted to political humor. The party group more reluctant train him now ERC, EH Bildu and BNG, and even among these, homogeneity does not prevail. Esquerra is not accompanied by a powerful regional union, but the Basque separatists and the Galician sovereignists are. This is an asset in which government negotiators are fixing.

In addition, there are other formations such as Más País, Compromìs, Teruel Existe, PRC, Nueva Canarias, PNV and PDeCAT, but also here nuances reign. Basque nationalists and Catalans, linked to their respective territorial employers, the music of the decree that will begin to repeal the PP model they like, not quite, but they like it in general terms. With the other formations the Government hopes, at least, to obtain the “yes” to the validation, and then we will see.

Finally, the set of acronyms to which the vote against is assigned in advance, and here is the PP (and Vox, of course). The government did not approach the popular to test its position, indicate the sources consulted. Nor to the Citizens, even if there again, it is worth noting a few nuances. They do not intend to speak with the popular, neither the government nor the parties which form it, but with the liberals which they make. The president of the “orange” formation, Inés Arrimadas, volunteered.

Nationals, already with all the bridges broken with the PP, except in the Junta de Andalucía and in the municipalities in which they have forged a coalition, he wants to free himself and take advantage of his assets. The PSOE-Cs (United We Can not plan to move a tab in this bilaterality) contacts did not take place, specify sources from both parties, but they do not exclude that they are held. This can greatly stir the spirits within the executive. It has already happened with the 2021 budgets. Between the pragmatic path of the presidential cabinet and the ideological preference of the vice-president at the time, Pablo Iglesias, this second has been superimposed after weeks of tensions, threats and anger various.

Touch the reimbursement of the PSOE

The coalition government is going through its umpteenth phase of anger and resentment, this time because of the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, who in an interview with the Guardian praised the extensive breeding and, at the same time, a criticized the macro farms. A good one was regrouped because several ministers and socialist positions reiterated that this position is not common within the executive. Pedro Sánchez, at SER, regretted these statements by the unemployment insurance coordinator and called for the decibels to drop. If the president, who has already dedicated “a steak to the essential, it’s unbeatable” to Garzón, speaks in these terms instead of minimizing it, it is because the controversy bothers him.

In Unidos Podemos, far from opting for silence to ventilate the gap, they criticized these ministers and socialist leaders for being so angry get carried away by “hoaxes”.

Alberto Garzon. | Alba Vigaray

In this context of spite and disdain, the leadership of the PSOE and the hard core of Moncloa They were plotted to implement the new working model, but without blurring what was agreed at the social dialogue table, according to socialist sources. That the president wants to leave the imprint of his party in the new system of labor relations is something that even the middle managers of training do not question. Indeed, at the end of the federal congress, during the first meeting of the new executive, he argued that the Socialists would be in favor of the new reform.

The aforementioned sources do not now confirm whether Sánchez gave specific instructions on how to approach parliamentary negotiations at this Monday’s meeting. What they confirm is that at the moment it is Díaz who wears the a voice that sings.

But she is not alone in this task. And it won’t. Parliamentary sources familiar with the process informed this outlet that PSOE has dealt with labor reform at least with PNV, PDeCAT and Nueva Canarias. However, they deny that the government has opened two channels for dialogue, one Bolaños and the other Díaz. The work is and will be “cooperative”, they stress.

The weight is currently borne by the Minister of Labor. Parliamentary sources point out that his team has fostered contacts these days in January and that during the current week they will intensify. There will be a face to face interview with representatives of EH Bildu in a few days and it is likely that meetings will be closed with other key groups in the equation, in particular ERC.

But just with Esquerra the situation does not invite optimism. The aforementioned sources acknowledge that the minister’s office did not address the group’s spokesperson, Gabriel Rufián, although he did address personalities from the “orbit” of the party. They suspect that by doing this Díaz is seeking to exert pressure from the outside in and thus gradually open a path that will lead the Catalans to abstain. “It’s not a good tactic,” they point out in Rufián’s play.

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