ERC Solemnizes Its ‘No’ To The Labor Reform

Yolanda Díaz ‘s negotiations with ERC to keep the investiture bloc united in the face of labor reform do not seem to be working. The Catalan Republicans made this Thursday a common front with EH Bildu , the CUP and the BNG against the agreement between employers and unions.

Unless the Executive is open to modifying the text, on February 3 they will vote ‘no’ in Congress. And the PSOE , with the Ciudadanos alternativeand minority parties in mind, is not in the business of making any changes. Even so, the second vice president of the Government is not giving up and will continue negotiating until the last minute with the Catalan Republicans.

One day after Díaz met in Barcelona with the CCOO and UGT to praise the labor reform and increase pressure on ERC, the formation led by Oriol Junqueras presented a statement in Congress together with EH Bildu, the CUP and BNG to denounce that the agreement is ” insufficient “. “We show our absolute and sincere will to open a process of dialogue and negotiation with the Government and the forces that comprise it, in order to reach an agreement that allows the approval of an ambitious labor reform,” they sentenced.

They only left the Government one way in exchange for their votes: process the labor reform as a bill to include their demands. Only in this way will the Executive achieve “a large majority” in Congress with the support of “sovereignty and leftist forces,” they warned. But the PSOE is not willing to touch the text in the face of threats from the CEOE . The employer’s president, Antonio Garamendi , insisted this Thursday that “no comma should be changed”: “If another agreement comes out, it will be another agreement, it will not be ours.”

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EH Bildu’s spokeswoman in Congress, Mertxe Aizpurua , pointed out that the joint declaration offers the Government an ” alternative ” to the support of Cs and the CEOE’s warnings. The abertzale deputy, as did her counterparts from the CUP and BGN, Mireia Vehi and Nestor Rego , respectively, stressed her ‘no’ to the current agreement, but the ERC spokesman and the party’s main negotiator on labor matters with the Government, Jordi Salvador, was not so forceful. He disdained the pressure exerted by Díaz, demanded “absolute respect” for the parliamentary process and defended his “right” to modify the text, but left a door open for dialogue with the Executive.

” If it is not done as a bill, we will have to make an act of faith in which more parties are needed ,” said Salvador, implying that they see a possible understanding in the United We Can proposal to negotiate their demands to the labor reform through other legislative channels. On the other hand, the socialist sector of the Executive is not willing . Thus, Salvador urged the second vice president to convince his government partners to lean towards opening the negotiation. “If there is no seriousness in doing things well, I cannot endorse this reform,” he said.

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In addition, Salvador recognized that the treatment with the Minister of Labor is “different” from that of the PSOE. ” There is an attempt on your part, but this is a government coalition, ” he admitted. In this sense, he revealed that there have been “exchanges, proposals and things in which agreements could be reached”, although nothing is closed.

Room for maneuver
A few hours later, Díaz did not give up the support of the Catalan republicans. ” I don’t know if they know in Catalonia that I never get up from the table . That is to say, that I am going to exhaust that negotiation,” he said after visiting Seat’s headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona). The vice president assured that the conversations with Jordi Salvador continue and that she trusts that ” as soon as possible ” they can announce that the labor reform “is not at risk “. Asked about the status of these talks and if he believes that the usual partners of the Government will opt for ‘yes’, he asked for “respect” for the negotiation. “Is the agreement possible? Yes, it is possible,” he concluded.

However, it seems complicated. Pedro Sánchez seems willing to take risks with the path of Cs and the rest of the minority parties ( Teruel Exists , Nueva Canarias , Canarian Coalition , Regionalist Party of Cantabria , PDeCat , Más País and Compromís, these last three are still in doubt), although this supposes a heart attack vote -176 votes in favor against 174 against- in which the absence of a simple deputy could ruin the agreement between employers and unions. In addition, the socialist wing of the Government has already warned Díaz that there are no changes in the labor reform without the endorsement of the social agents. This slogan applies both to the current standard and to possible legislative changes in the future. That is to say, they ruin a possible agreement with ERC to attract them to the ‘yes’ in exchange for introducing their demands in future laws.

Despite the apparent blockade that the positions of each party represent, sources close to the second vice president assure that “there is room” to carry out an agreement.

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