ERC and Bildu remain in the ‘no’ for labor reform and ask to open negotiations with the Government

  • The four formations condemn that the agreed measures are “completely inadequate” and set out their conditions for endorsing the norm.

  • The negotiator of the Catalan Republicans demands his “right” to amend the text and asks the government to “respect” the parliamentary procedure.

ERC, EH Bildu, the CUP and the BNG will vote ‘no’ for labor reform in the vote on 3 February. At least for now. The four formations on Thursday insisted that the agreement between unions and employers “insufficient“and ask the government”open a process of dialogue and negotiation in order to reach an agreement that would allow for an ambitious labor reform. “Once again, they exposed their terms in exchange for their” yes “and warned the PSOE and United We Can . in Congress “.

The spokespersons of the four parties explained that there were “basic and priority issues” that were not included in the text. On what is addressed in the labor reform – temporality and uncertainty – they pointed out that it is “totally inadequate”. “We can therefore claim that this labor reform that is being discussed these days does not constitute the repeal of the 2012 labor reform,” the letter reads. These formations have been since December 31, a few days after the Executive approved the labor reform, and have prepared a common front to pressure the government to change the regulations, as reported by El Periódico de España.

The ERC deputy and chief labor negotiator with the government, Jordi Salvador, despised the pressure of the Executive on his party and indicated that those who want the formations to vote “with their eyes closed” should be asked for a labor reform ” without touching a comma “. He therefore demanded “absolute respect” for the parliamentary procedure and defended his “right” to amend the norm as a member of the legislature that he is. “If there is no seriousness in doing things right, I can not endorse this reform,” he said.

The attempt

The joint statement of the three formations comes a day after the second vice president, Yolanda Diaz, will travel to Barcelona to play with the CCOO and UGT unions on several occasions and increase the pressure on ERC. In addition, the leader of United We Can met at night with the ‘conseller’ of Empresa i Treball, Roger Torrent. The meeting was initially to “exchange views” and not to seek a possible agreement that would unblock the negotiations.

Salvador pointed out that “the dinner was a hearty meal” under the heads of Labor, but that the labor reform was not negotiated as Torrent was not in charge of it. In addition, he acknowledged that the treatment with Díaz was “different” from that of the PSOE. “There is an attempt on your part, but this is a governing coalition,” he assured. In this sense, he confirmed that there were “exchanges, proposals and things in which agreements could be reached”, although nothing was concluded. Which puts them in the ‘no’.

The president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, who had dinner with Díaz in Madrid two weeks ago after holding a conference at the Club Siglo XXI, had already warned at the time that it was “very difficult” for the ERC to to support labor reform, as what his party is calling the “repeal of the 2010 and 2012 labor reforms”, and what is now being proposed, are rather only “partial elements that have been amended”.

The changes

In the joint statement, they claim the existence of autonomous collective agreements over state agreements; recovery of pre-authorization for ERTEs; measures to address uncertainty and avoid possible wage gaps; compensation for unfair dismissal increases to 45 days per year worked; reclaim the priority of sectoral agreements over company agreements; limits the possibility that the company mobilizes employees geographically and also that broad measures are put in place to facilitate the reconciliation of work and family life.

ERC, Bildu, the CUP and BNG rejected the United We Can proposal to give their ‘yes’ to this labor reform with the commitment that these requests could be addressed later. This approach does not have the support of the PSOE.

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Despite the reluctance of ordinary members of the Government to give their ‘yes’ to the employers ‘and trade unions’ agreement if no changes are made, Díaz was convinced yesterday that the reform would eventually be approved with the progressive formations. In an interview on Cadena Ser, he ruled out any scenario in which the government obtains the necessary majority by relying on Cs “because that entry displaces leftist forces.” “It does not in any way give the sum at Citizens”, the vice president sentenced.

“This rule changes the paradigm of labor relations in our country. It is very difficult to say no,” the Minister of Labor said in the usual line of pressure on her partners. As he said, “whoever is against voting will have to explain it to their workers and it is very difficult to explain it.”

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