The Executive hopes to dissipate with minor changes the doubts raised by the agreement reached with employers and unions
He believes that the positions that the partners now express are of departure and advises that the alternative is to return to the 2012 regulations
The Government faces a tough negotiation on the labor reform with little room for maneuver
The Government has barely been able to savor the success of its agreement on the labor reform sealed with employers and unions on Christmas Eve. His partners in the legislature quickly warned that his support was not guaranteed. The PP anticipated that it will not support the royal decree law. The numbers, therefore, would not go to the bipartisan PSOE and United We Can. Better said: would not come out today. Because the Executive expects that within a month, when the full Congress has to vote to validate the measure, the starting positions of the groups have evolved, and give their support in exchange, if anything, for changes less than do not detract from the agreement with employers and workers, an achievement never achieved in 40 years of democracy. While the Government conveys the message that the alternative is to return to the current labor market reform, the one approved by the PP without consensus in 2012, and that this is a matter core of the legislature , which is much at stake.
This Tuesday, December 28, the Council of Ministers – the last of this year, in principle – will approve the real Decree Law on Labor Reform , in time for it to enter into force before December 31, as promised with Brussels. It is, as they defend in the team of the Second Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, who has carried the weight of the dialogue with employers and unions in these nine months of talks, of “ a paradigm shift , a historic reform that for the first time recovers workers' rights “and seeks to tackle temporality, one of the endemic evils of the market of work in Spain, which according to the latest Labor Force Survey reached 26.02% in the third quarter of 2021.
As of the publication in the BOE, the Executive will have 30 business days to negotiate with the parliamentary groups. It will not be easy, because the balance achieved with the social agents walks along a thin and fragile line. “ The agreement is not touched . Parliament has the legitimacy to approve or not, but then it will not be our agreement, it will be something else, “the president of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, warned this Monday in RNE. That is, the employer's association, which has already suffered internal tears for giving its majority approval of the decree law – Foment del Treball, CEIM, Anfac and Asaja abstained – threatens to break the agreement if there are changes in Congress.
The members of the Executive, however, want that. Modifications. The PNV only finds “a stumbling block” to support an agreement that it “values and respects”, but it is a “big” obstacle: it wants the text to reflect the prevalence of regional agreements, to safeguard and he Basque framework of labor relations. Bildu shares this claim but it is much harsher: she feels “tremendously disappointed”, in the words of Arnaldo Otegi. He speaks of a “bad agreement” and warns that “in no case” will he support the reform as it is written. ERC converges with the Basque sovereignists: finds “ very important deficiencies “that make your favorable vote” today is not guaranteed. “There is room for improvement in processing salaries, compensation [por despido], the role of the Administration in dismissals of companies that have received aid and the prevalence of regional collective agreements,” republican sources tell this newspaper.