The Minister of Labor, Yolanda Diaz, is left alone in the defense of one of its great promises: the repeal of the labor reform. The Government does not recognize as its own the documents that it has presented to the social agents at the negotiating tables in recent weeks.

It is, on the one hand, the text that the CEOE described as “ideological” and “Marxist” due to the extreme proposals that Labor included to repeal the 2012 reform. And on the other, the new proposal that the Ministry presented last Wednesday to collective bargaining with aspects that employers have not yet entered to assess.

With Nadia Calviño recently reinforced as First Vice President of the Government, sources close to the Executive recognize this newspaper as little path that the proposals made by Yolanda Díaz will have to the social agents in labor matters because they are proposals of United We Can, but not of the Executive.

“Those documents have not been seen in any collegiate body of the Government. They are drafts that are being handled, but they are not the Government’s proposal for labor reform, “say sources from the economic area.

In this sense, other sources recall that the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan sent to Brussels and agreed with the European Commission does not contain many of the proposals that Díaz has put on the table of businessmen and unions, to the amazement of the former.

The Government does consider it important to address some changes in the 2012 labor reform and in the Spanish labor market. But these do not go in the direction of those that United Podemos has done.

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Maintain ERTE

For example, on issues such as ERTE, the Executive considers that its flexibility has been shown to have been positive to maintain jobs. For this reason, it has surprised the socialist wing that Díaz has proposed to advocate for the administrative authorization of this mechanism.

Two weeks ago, Díaz proposed to employers and unions to convert the ERTE mechanism as “preferred” for dismissal. An aspect that was highly criticized by the companies and that has already been reversed in the last document presented to CEOE, Cepyme, CCOO and UGT.

In hiring, it is considered good move towards a system with fewer contracts. But neither is the latest proposal by the United We Minister to the social agents as valid. At this point, the Government is close to the postulates of the unions themselves, since some of them even objected to issues such as training contracts.

After Díaz toughened up his “labor counter-reform,” the unions have tried to go further by asking the minister to raise severance pay again.

Investment damage

This scenario has become one of the worst handled by the employers a few months ago, given that the documents that had been presented to date were less harsh than recent ones.

On July 28, the social agents will meet again at the Ministry of Labor in what could be their last appointment before the August holidays. But nothing indicates that, between now and that date, Díaz will try to reach a consensus with the rest of the government on a proposal on which to negotiate.

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With Nadia Calviño in the first vice presidency, this lack of internal dialogue between the ministers is surprising, given that it is very difficult for an approach that does not have the approval of the Economy to go forward.

This has happened with the Minimum Interprofessional Salary (SMI) that Díaz wanted to raise this year and Calviño has delayed until 2022 waiting for economic conditions to improve and companies to hire again.

In the Executive environment, the damage done by these messages launched from Work in terms of employment to investments at a time when confidence is needed to boost recovery. But it is the toll of this coalition.

For this reason, the Government wants to focus the debate on other aspects that it considers important and on which there is more consensus. One of them is related to Active Employment Policies, which is urgent to reform because they have been weighing down the Spanish labor market for decades. This is one of the promises that Pedro Sánchez has made to Brussels within the framework of the Recovery Plan.

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