Yolanda Díaz chills Cs's possible support for the labor reform while ERC insists that it will put conditions
Yolanda Díaz, Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, in an interview in Madrid.Bald Elm

The Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, has cooled down possible support from Ciudadanos on Wednesday for the Coalition Executive to carry out in Congress the labor reform agreed with employers and unions, the first pact of a Government with all social agents since 1980. Díaz, during an interview in The Hour of the 1 from TVE, has expressed his preference for the groups that supported the inauguration of Pedro Sánchez to endorse the new rule in the lower house. “This reform goes in a direction absolutely against what Ciudadanos defended,” said the vice president. Almost at the same time, Gabriel Rufián, ERC’s parliamentary spokesman, one of the government’s regular partners, has defended on Cadena SER that his training sees the new framework insufficient and has considered that approving it without achieving changes would be to give “a check in white ”to the Executive, but he has been willing to negotiate the support of his training.

“Citizens, even in the agreement with the PSOE [firmado tras las elecciones generales de noviembre de 2015], defended raising the minimum wage to 1%, defended the austrian backpack and later, in his program, he defended a unique contract that I have always questioned, because it seemed to me that our country did not need this, much less the austrian backpack, and he also defended that the severance payments had to be reduced ”, said the second vice president, who has always been against the call austrian backpack, a system that has been in force in Austria since 2003 and that establishes an account in the name of the worker in which the company periodically pays a part of the dismissal in advance, so that a piggy bank is accumulated with funds that belong to the employee and that he can take him to another job and dispose of it if he is fired.

Díaz, focused on the negotiation for ERC, PNV and EH Bildu to support the labor reform, has underlined the lack of agreement of the text with the proposals of Ciudadanos after the formation led by Inés Arrimadas this week recalled her availability to sit down to negotiate. “If there is a change in its position, it is explained and it is said why it is changed, great. I talk to everyone ”, added the second vice president. The support of Cs, which at least for now has not received the call from the Government, is an option valued by the socialist part of the Executive in case of not reaching a pact with the usual parliamentary partners before next February 3, when the vote will be taken. the validation of the reform decree in Congress. The problem is that the vote in favor of the liberal party would not be enough – it has nine deputies – to carry out the rule if the Government does not achieve abstention or the support of its allies.

From Ciudadanos they insist on offering their support to the reform, both because of “State responsibility” with a norm that has the consensus of all social agents, and to avoid “concessions to nationalists” that end up “worsening” the text that finally exit Congress, as specified by sources in the management. The leadership of Cs has, for the moment, full disposition to be favorable to its validation, despite its disagreement with the full wording of the decree law. “Yolanda Díaz is negotiating with her friends, with the usual ones, with the worst possible partners of the Government for the interests of Spain,” said Edmundo Bal, spokesman for Ciudadanos in Congress on Tuesday. “My feeling is that the Socialist Party is waiting for these negotiations to fail and then contact us,” added Bal, informs Virginia Martínez.

With the PNV, ERC and EH Bildu pressing for the Government to modify aspects of the labor reform, Díaz has defended the current pact with the social agents: “When there is a great agreement on social dialogue —we have said it in the law riderWe have said it in the pay equality rules, we have said it in the ERTE, we have said it in a law that was very complex like remote work— man, respect yourself as much as possible ”. And he added, after the PNV made it absolutely clear on Tuesday that it will not support the agreement if the Government does not agree to its request to give precedence to the regional labor agreements over the state ones: “I am confident that the investiture groups understand this, they greet him, they carry it in their programs … Everything in politics falls short, but I always say that big changes must be made calmly ”.

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While Díaz defended the reform with the social agents, Gabriel Rufián has assured in an interview in the SER that to approve this labor reform would be to give “a blank check” to the Government. “Our role is to try to improve the entire legislative agenda of this Government, and that obviously includes one of the two great commitments, which is the labor reform. We simply want what they promised, which is a real repeal of what the PP did, “said the spokesman. Rufián has also criticized the government’s strategy of pointing out that the alternative is much worse: “This government cannot continually sustain itself in fear of its alternative. We are simply stopping setbacks. It is that this labor reform is even worse than that of [José Luis Rodríguez] Zapatero, than the legal-labor framework that Zapatero had. We are stopping setbacks, we are not implementing improvements. And that, for all the left, beyond our flags, is a failure ”.

Despite the harsh tone, Rufián added that Esquerra’s will is to approve the government’s labor reform: “For a long time we haven’t talked about red lines, conditions, or publicize our negotiations too much. Out of seriousness, because we consider that it is the best way for a negotiation to go out, and our intention is for it to go out. Now, in terms of severance payments, in terms of processing salaries, in terms of the prevalence of regional agreements, in terms of mechanisms for the administration to try to stop according to which ERTE, especially of companies that dismiss en masse after receiving for years public aid, there is the example of Nissan, because this labor reform that they propose is far behind ”.

Díaz sees “surreal” that Garzón resigns

On another issue that is marking the political agenda of these days, the controversy generated around the criticism of Alberto Garzón’s macro-farms in the newspaper The Guardian, Díaz has once again defended the Minister of Consumption in an exhaustive way: “It would be quite surreal if a minister who is complying with the Government’s agreement and with science had to take a step backwards.” And he added: “It has done nothing more than defend what Spain defends, and also what the EU defends.”

The words of Vice President Díaz come after the President of the Government and the Minister of Agriculture regretted this week Garzón’s statements on the quality of Spanish meat from macro-farms and after the City Council of Daimiel (Ciudad Real), governed for the PP – the party that threw itself in a whirlwind for the minister after his words in The Guardian-, approved on Tuesday a change in the municipal management plan to prevent the installation of a macro-farm that had requested permission and had caused great social rejection in the area.

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