The Minister of Labor, Yolanda Diaz, boasted last Thursday of having played an important role in the decision of the Executive of Pedro Sanchez to stop the expansion of the airport The field. Aena presented a project that included the creation of thousands of jobs (about 180,000, according to official documents), before a public investment of 1,700 million euros to create a new terminal and expand the aerodrome facilities. Unions meet divided, while the minister has given priority to the tandem with Ada Colau so as not to lose your profile environmentalist left.
In the political and economic fit, the Minister of Labor has opted for the first factor. Days ago, it was learned that Díaz was preparing a visit with the mayor of Barcelona in the area of the delta of the Llobregat, where the airport runway was to be extended. This trip was not trivial. It reflected the decision of the Minister of bet on the environmental issue above a state macro-project destined to turn Barcelona into a small hub for intercontinental travel between America and Europe.
Union sources maintain that there is discomfort over the minister’s decision to give priority to environmentalism over job creation. The airport sector is the one that feels most uncomfortable after what happened, although it is true that where support for Díaz is registered is in the local sections of the Llobregat.
The Government Spokesperson, Isabel rodriguezHe pointed out that the expansion of the Prat will generate 45,000 new direct jobs, which with indirect jobs and those derived from economic activities linked to travelers, can reach 180,000. At the union level they reduce these expectations, although they admit that inevitably a project of this magnitude has a positive impact on the world of work. In fact, the project to expand El Prat included a new business and logistics park, whose impact was to be more than 20,000 jobs. And it should be remembered that the project included expanding the high-speed network to the airports of Reus and Girona.
‘Divide and conquer’ of the PSC
The Secretary General of CCOO de Catalunya, Javier Pacheco, has claimed the reopening of negotiations between the Catalan and Spanish Governments “out of the party political battle”. Pacheco supports the petition for “sustainability” advocated by Díaz, and asks that the project be resumed with a greater role for the unions.
At a technical level, however, some promoters of the initiative (even those close to the unions) maintain that it is false to say that it can be re-discussed in the immediate future, among other things because the Dora, the airport regulation document must be approved every five years, which forces in 2021 to set the strategy until 2025. And highlight the feasibility of current AENA designs and guidelines. In addition, they remember that the natural delta of the Llobregat was already moved during the expansion of the port of Barcelona, and that now the same would be done. The protected plot, in addition, is of private property and therefore it is not freely accessible to all citizens.
In the background of the controversy is the PSC, which has harshly criticized the position of the Generalitat government. Pere Aragonés has accused Pedro Sanchez of “blackmail”, while the leader of the Catalan socialists Salvador Illa has spoken of “ambiguity” of the Government. The socialists, according to sources from United We Can, are trying take advantage of the divisions between JuntsXCatalunya and ERC in this matter, since the Catalan center-right and ERC government partner wants the project to be unblocked.
Díaz and the environmental profile
Díaz, who has a good relationship with the Secretary General of Workers’ Commissions, Unai Sordo, has achieved quarantine protests. Neither the Workers’ Commissions nor the UGT have spoken forcefully about what happened, although the sources consulted admit that there is discomfort. And they point out that in this case, there can be some convergence with the CEOE. However, the Minister of Labor has maintained after the Government’s slowdown: “It is great news that the natural area of La Ricarda is preserved intact and the extension of El Prat is reconsidered in the midst of a climate emergency. I am sure that with dialogue and collaboration we will be able to advance in future proposals that are committed to sustainable mobility “.
The fact is that Díaz has shown himself in the entire operation favorable to supporting Ada Colau, which defends safeguarding the surroundings of Llobragat. The mayor had spoken of a “developmental” model that “repeats the mistakes of the past.” And last Thursday he thanked the “active” and “discreet” work of the Minister to stop the expansion of the Prat.
Colau already affirmed in August that he had transferred his concerns to Yolanda Díaz, and maintained that the minister “saw him the same.” The case of the extension of El Prat thus demonstrates the strength of the agreement between the minister and the mayor, who have been in dialogue for months and who in Podemos believe that they are working to create a new political platform which can even outperform the purple formation.
Colau did not want independence forces like ERC o la CUP They will overtake you in the environmentalism segment. “Was a chicken game, which both the ERC and the Commons entered without even internally discussing technical issues ”, criticize sectors of Colau’s party that they describe as “Ideological” the position of the party. And Diaz has installed himself in that same position, who seeks to build a new image of national politics to, according to some purple sources, create a platform with regional alliances (including Colau) that force Podemos to join in a subordinate position.
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