Díaz and the unions urge ERC to support the labor reform


The Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, has relied on the CCOO unions. and UGT of Catalonia for urge the ERC to support the labor reform. This Wednesday has been the first of the two days of Díaz’s visit to Catalonia, a trip that takes place in the midst of the debate on the labor reform, with the Executive seeking to obtain the support of the ERC for the text agreed with the majority unions and employers.

However, the vice president has also taken advantage of the occasion to announce that she has summoned, for next Monday, February 7, unions and employers to discuss a possible increase in the minimum wage for 2022, which Diaz has taken for granted. “The Government of Spain is going to comply with its program”, he said, which means that “the minimum wage is going to continue to rise in Spain” and will be at the 60% of the average salary before the end of the legislature.

This, despite the possible rejection of the CEOE employers’ association to this measure, which was already contrary to the increase in the SMI approved last September. In this sense, Díaz has asked the employers to be “consistent” and support the increaseeven more so at a time of strong inflation, although he has not given details of what the proposal that the Government will put on the table will be.

Trust that ERC will support the text

In relation to the labor reform, which still does not have the guaranteed support to be validated in Congress, she has been convinced that “it’s going to come out” with the support of the rest of the leftist groups. Specifically, he has said that he “deeply respects” the ERC, a party whose “social sensitivity” he has highlighted, and he has indicated that if finally his deputies do not support the reform “they will have to explain it” to the workers.

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He has added that he maintains an “extraordinary relationship” with the Republicans, for which he has said he “trusts” that in the negotiation with this party he will be able to obtain their support for the text, although he has not hidden that it has given him “a little pity” that the leader of the independentistas in Congress, Gabriel Rufián, identified the wording with a “personal project” of Diaz.

Despite the visit to Catalonia, the text has not yet convinced ERCsince the general secretary of the ERC, Marta Rovira, has reproached the central government in a message on Twitter for “not moving enough” and “wasting a majority of the left in Congress.”

CC.OO. criticizes the “political myopia” of the left that does not support the reform

In the morning, the vice-president visited the headquarters of the UGT of Catalonia, where she was received by its general secretary, Camil Ros, who indicated that this es “a good deal” because, while perhaps “it lacks things”, “The bosses and the most expensive sectors have plenty of everything.”

In the afternoon, he participated in an event with members of the CC.OO., where its general secretary, Javier Pacheco, criticized the “political myopia” of leftist groups that do not support labor reform, and he added, in a sour tone: “Nobody has to give us lessons on what respect for popular sovereignty means.”

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Díaz was accompanied throughout the day by the Government delegate in Catalonia, Maria Eugènia Gay, the Secretary of State for Agenda 2030, Enrique Santiago, and the Secretary of State for Employment and Social Economy, Joaquín Pérez Rey.


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