The controversial vote on the labor reform, which went ahead this Thursday by rebound and by the minimum, without the support of the main government partners and thanks to the erroneous vote of a PP deputy, has led to ERC and the PNV to demand that the Executive decide with which parties it will agree in the remainder of the legislature, because they consider that it was “possible” to reach an agreement with the votes of the investiture block, although the pact with the social agents prevailed. However, they have ruled out any type of rupture and have urged to continue dialoguing so that in the coming months projects such as the Audiovisual Law or the Housing Law, whose processing also seems complicated, go ahead.
“The job of politicians is to dialogue, negotiate and try to carry out a legislative agenda that has a positive impact on people’s lives. And we’ll keep doing it. There is no kind of personal connotation”, assured the ERC spokesman in Congress, Gabriel Rufián, who this Thursday voted with his group against the labor reform, although it ended up going ahead thanks to the mistaken vote of the ‘popular’ deputy ‘ Alberto Casero, after the unexpected ‘no’ of the two deputies of the Union of the Navarrese People (UPN). Had it not been for that failed vote of the PP, which alleges that the deputy voted correctly and that everything was due to a ” computer error”, the reform would have failed.
From the PNV, for its part, they have indicated that “the government needs to clarify“and” he is going to have to make much more of an effort” if he wants to continue joining forces in Congress. “He cannot carry out his program even if it clashes with those of the other partner who have kept him in government until now,” he insisted in a The leader of the PNV in Congress, Aitor Esteban, interviewed RNE and warned that “things are coming” that “concern him a lot” such as the Audiovisual Law or the Housing Law, whose processing is expected to be long and complicated.
While the Government has been optimistic and has stressed that, although “each of the regulatory projects have their circumstances”, the relationship with “the partners who supported the investiture” of Pedro Sánchez is “excellent”. According to the First Vice President of the Government and Minister of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calviño, the Executive’s intention is to “fully exhaust the legislature” and has considered that this is “what the Spanish want after two very hard years of the pandemic.” “They want stability,” he insisted.
ERC criticizes that the PP labor reform was not repealed
“They swore and perjured that they were going to repeal the reform of the PP and they have decided to do something else by way of the rights“, Rufián stressed in an interview on TVE’s La Hora de la 1. According to the deputy, the negotiations “already started badly” because they found out about the agreement with the employers and the unions through the media. “Then there has been no a process of negotiation, but of pressure. When you have said that you have agreed on something and it cannot be touched, then you are ignoring the seat of national sovereignty,” he insisted.
In his opinion, “it was easier to negotiate with the ERC” than to “support the labor reform in a UPN pressured by the PP”. And, for this reason, he has considered that the result of the vote is “the price to pay” because “supporting all this in a party like this -in reference to UPN-, very close to the PP and which receives very determined pressure, is a absolute recklessness.”
The PNV denounces the “absolute intransigence” of the Government
For Esteban, for his part, “the government was obsessed with reaching an agreement with the social dialogue table” and “has neglected Parliament.” “We have tried to find an agreement until the end. We have been up to the last minute”, he stressed, but the “absolute intransigence” of the Government to include changes in the text agreed with the social agents did not allow it. “It should not have come out with the votes of Citizens, I think there were wickers to take it out with other groups”, he maintained.
“We warn that without the prevalence of regional agreements it was impossible for us to support it,” Esteban stated bluntly, who has also urged the Government to “make a significant effort with its usual partners” in the face of future laws that will have to pass the process parliament to be approved.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.