From war cry to political fetish, the purple ‘fiasco’ of the repeal of the labor reform

Yolanda Díaz never hid that it was technically impossible to repeal everything the work building erected by Mariano Rajoy almost a decade ago. Because, The trip on which the second vice president and head of Labor has embarked is at least surprising and that has led her, in just a few days, from the verb “to repeal” to change “a part” of the PP’s labor reform. Although the electoral ticket that you are about to buy towards the 2023 elections may have something to do with it.

The battle cry barely resounds with which Díaz stood up less than a month ago to the delegates of the Workers’ Commissions at the closing of the union’s confederal congress. That “We are going to repeal the labor reform despite all the resistance” now it’s a “political fetish”. The most disturbing thing about the matter is that this ‘fiasco’ occurs after entering into an agreement that included the repeal.

On Tuesday, Yolanda Díaz was alone with Pedro Sánchez to have breakfast in Moncloa and settle the ‘crisis’ unleashed by the labor imbroglio, the most acute of the coalition since the departure of Pablo Iglesias. Of that meeting, later joined by the Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, an agreed and revealing statement came out, because it shows the resource that allowed Díaz to uncork champagne despite the fact that he has lost all his strength.

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Díaz’s team scored a goal: he managed to get his socialist partners to speak the same language and to write “repeal the labor reform of 2012”, the great purple flag. Pin. But a few lines below appears the king toad that United We can already smell in his menu. “This will [de pacto con el diálogo social] it is the best guarantee of obtaining a lasting reform within the agreement established with the European Commission in Component 23 of the recovery plan “.

One day after that Monclovita breakfast, The Minister of Labor acknowledged in the courtyard of Congress that the final proposal for labor reform will be different once it is cooked in the negotiations with the unions and the employers, something quite reasonable. The problem that Díaz, his team and also Unidas Podemos face is one of expectations, because the same statement mutates the repeal to a mere “review of imbalances.”

According to government sources consulted by Vozpópuli, the framework that establishes that component 23In other words, the package of measures outlined by the Government – and with the approval of Brussels – to “reduce structural unemployment and youth unemployment, reduce temporary employment and correct the duality of the labor market” it is flexible”. And that allows the discourse of “repeal” and that of changing only “some things” to be maintained at the same time..

From left to right, Pedro Sánchez, Nadia Calviño and Yolanda Díaz, this Wednesday, in Congress. EFE

The truth is that nine months after the Executive activated the social dialogue table, The coalition has reduced the “semantic” scope, as the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, clarified, of the demolition of the labor reform. And Moncloa, after the party of the agreement, circumscribes it to what was committed to Brussels as a safe-conduct for the rain of millions of recovery funds to land.

So that After talking about the repeal, Díaz said that he will not touch the dismissal. And that has already irritated his brothers in Commissions: “We do not agree with what the Government is saying. We have to make difficulties for recourse to dismissal. If the dismissal is free and cheap, the company has a natural tendency to dismiss,” he warned the general secretary, Unai Sordo.

The thing does not stop there. The pretense of imposing on all companies a ceiling of 15% of the workforce with a temporary contract to cut down on temporary contracts has also vanished at the proposal of the employer, which sees more reasonable that this limit be established by sectors given the idiosyncrasy of the Spanish productive sector.

The final proposal seeks to repeal some parts of the PP labor reform and transform others

Yolanda Diaz

Step by step, as Díaz said in the corridors of Congress, the final proposal, which seeks to “repeal some parts of the PP labor reform and transform others”, will change as the negotiation progresses. Along the way, United We Can, which after the agreement in the Government said that it did not contemplate a scenario in which the pact was not fulfilled, will have to face together with the PSOE the resentment of its parliamentary partners. EH Bildu and ERC, for example, have already followed the path of the unions and have reminded the Executive of what they are due to. Just in case.

Despite everything, there is still work to be done at the social dialogue tables. Díaz wants a deal to be closed before the end of November. The Government’s idea is to comply with Brussels, with whom it promised to send the reform before the end of the year, and start the process as soon as possible so that it enters into force in 2022. Time is ticking and changes await.


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