The PSOE warns Díaz: he can not agree to labor changes without a social agreement

  • The Socialists exclude subsequent changes in the labor market, as presented by the vice-president to the partners, because would chase the bosses away

  • There is a week ahead, but the majority partner believes he is winning options Plan B: the sum with Ciudadanos and the small parties

The negotiation of the labor reform is entering its decisive phase. In the last week before the ratification debate in the plenary session of Congress. The usual partners of the Government continue very far from saying yes, while gaining weight, for the Socialists, plan b: that is, it continues with the support of Ciudadanos and a multitude of small parties and, at least, the abstinence of Unión del Pueblo Navarro. Pedro Sánchez is ready for an endorsement by the hair of the Royal decision law the next February 3 if it ensures that none of the text is touched. Moreover, the coalition majority partner launches a clear warning to Yolanda Díaz: there are no changes in the labor framework that are not endorsed by employers and unions. In other words, the second vice president’s room for maneuver is minimum. For the environment of the press leader, the imposition of that condition is as much as the “veto“of businessmen.

The cards are placed on the table after a long game of more than a month. Both the PSOE and United We Can Show “optimist“, convinced that the reform will be ratified. But the accounts that each partner does are different.” The negotiations are going well, we believe that we will reach an agreement with the investment partners “, the president of the press in the lower house, Jaume Asens, pointed out on Tuesday.

Those interviewed were ERC and PNV, because the threshold of claiming that Collect This excludes the two parts of the Executive that may result from the rejection of the text. Diaz tries to convince them by offering tweaks in the labor legislation which is not contained in the reform agreed with employers and trade unions and which will be processed later. That is, it asks them to support the ratification of the decree law in its terms, without allowing amendments to it, and in return it commits itself to more progress in labor matters articulated by other channels. In other words, changes beyond the scope of the reform.

The socialists, however, totally exclude that alternative. Both in the management of the group and in the majority wing of the Executive, they give the same reason: “Any change in the workplace requires the agreement of social dialogueSánchez’s management fears that the businessmen, who endorsed the text internal jerk, gets off the hook with the excuse that what was agreed was distorted, believing that “it would not swallow” with a battery of future measures. They emphasize that the decree has been concluded and communicated to Brussels, and therefore there is no room for negotiation to introduce changes, neither now nor in the future.

This is not an “end point”

It is different, they point out, that at some point measures in the labor market need to be adopted, in a more punctual way, as has happened with the ley riders or with the Vocational Training Act. Under this prism, they warn, the words of the socialist spokesman, Héctor Gómez, this Tuesday, when he assured that the vote on 3 February is not “an endpoint” in the framework of labor relations. “Yolanda must keep this in mind here there are 120 deputiesand therefore he must know that any change must be authorized by us, ”said sources in the group, who blamed the second vice-president for not leveling the playing field before.

And it is that ERC and PNV continue to cling to the no. The Catalan separatists they do not see “progress”: they insist, in conversation with this newspaper, that they can not endorse the decree “as it is”, because it is mere “make-up”, and subsequent amendments are not enough for them. The president of the Basque Nationalists, Andoni Ortuzar, in turn, repeated this Tuesday on Onda Cero his refusal: consider “indispensable“In support of its formation that the priority of the autonomous agreements is guaranteed, it is a matter of ‘principles’ and no one can ask them to renounce it,” he claimed.

Ortuzar demanded from the Executive “a little imagination and flexibility“to accept their demand, and warned that the credibility of the reform would be” touched upon “if it continued with Cs and UPN. of the Basque group.

If the Government obeys the PNV’s request, which is shared by ERC and Bildu, it would be Inés Arrimadas’ party that could leave the group with favorable votes, and its nine votes are now the key. The leader of the oranges on Monday reaffirmed her support for the decree if there are no amendments, and did so in a meeting with the president of the CEOs, Antonio Garamendi; with Fatima Banez, President of the CEOE Foundation and Minister of Employment with Mariano Rajoy, and with the President of the Association of Self-Employed Workers (ATA), Lorenzo Amor. Cs spoke to Héctor Gómez, but is still waiting to meet with the President of the Presidency, Felix Bolaños.

The pressure of the nationalist unions

The Socialists are finding it harder every day for ERC and PNV to be added. Gómez had lunch with Ortuzar and his spokesman in Madrid, Aitor Esteban, last Thursday in Bilbao, and spoke to the ‘jeltzale’ leadership again this Monday. He got the same impression, according to sources close to him: the nationalists are not moving, because of the enormous “Pressure“what they receive from the ELA and LAB unions, which is very strong in Basque Country, unlike what is happening in Catalonia, where the CCOO and UGT are dominant, and therefore the government first understood that their pressure could mobilize ERC But for now it was not so.

This is why they see in the PSOE plan b every day as more acceptable: get ratification with their vote (120 seats), United We Can (34), Cs (9), PDECat (4), More Country (2) , Compromise (1), Teruel Existence (1), PRC (1), Canarian Coalition (1) and Nueva Canarias (1). In total, 174 yes, and it should be added, they continue, the abstention of the two UPN deputies. Opposite, the wall of theorists 173 noes: PP-Foro (89), Vox (52), Junts (4), CUP (2), BNG (1), a former Cs MP, plus ERC (13), Bildu (5)) and GDP (6). “No choice“, they repeat in the socialist leadership. However, their press partners reject that plan b exists and is possible.

In public, and in order not to further increase the tension with United We Can, the Socialists avoid making an explicit statement about Cs and point out that it is a matter “of the country”, and therefore the appeal is “We are open to other political forces that have a sense of state, a sense of responsibility and that want the best for the country, such as this labor reform,” Bolaños said. an interview on TV. For UP, however, Asens repeated, to bring the oranges into the equation is a “trap“because it would” torpedo “the investment block.

Doors to the outside, the Government emphasizes that “this is not a different scenario than that of the Acknowledgment of the labor reform “. The spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, confirmed this after the Council of Ministers, which once again demanded support” for the agreement as a whole “.” The agreement is in force, the rule is in forcethe procedure is that of ratification, ”he stressed, reminding the groups that the changes included in the decree enable subcontractor workers to now earn 12,000 euros more per year or give stability to 30% of temporary contracts lasting less than seven days.

Are the bills coming out?

The Socialists do not want to hang out with their tongues when the vote arrives on the 3rd. His intention is not to deplete the time for negotiation and to secure the votes as far as possible. For presses, there is still time. In Díaz’s team, they emphasize that in order not to allow changes, even after the fact, the employers “a veto which you do not have. “” So, any change in self-employment or pensions it must also be with the agreement of the employers? Because in pensions they left“, they argue. The press also warns that the accounts with those of Arrimadas will not come out, because their support could cause the onslaught of small formations, such as Más País or Compromís.

The dual approaches a key moment. For if the labor reform continues thanks to the votes of Cs, the tension between the partners will increase. A lot. This is not just any law. This is the Vice President’s star project with which she wanted to strengthen her hypothetical career towards the generals. Hence the label “Diaz reform“what your team is talking about — like yours State Secretary for Employment, Joaquín Pérez Rey– also upsetFor example, Republicans.

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In addition, they warn in the circle of the vice-president that it “a danger“That the text from the right was prosperous, because it would weaken the investment block, and there are still many social laws that need to be processed in the last piece of the legislature that could never support those of Arrimadas and that would support the left. need. . The Socialists respond that this vote does not have to affect the dynamics of the rest of the mandate, and that in any case the labor reform “can not expire“The price, if the Executive Management ultimately fails to attract the ERC and PNV, will be a very high-risk vote, with extremely clever numbers, and any mistake could be fatal.

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