ERC, Bildu, CUP and BNG reaffirm their ‘no’ to the labor reform


Esquerra Republicana (ERC), EH-Bildu, the CUP and the BNG have staged this Thursday in Congress a common front to reaffirm their rejection of the labor reform if the Government does not agree to negotiate changes in the royal decree law agreed with employers and unions. To do this, they request that processed as a bill to allow “the inclusion of new agreed measures and the recovery of pending labor rights in the proposed rule”.

In a joint declaration presented in Congress, representatives of the four formations have expressed their “absolute and sincere will to open a dialogue and negotiation with the Government” and reach an agreement for “an ambitious labor reform, which respond to the requests and expectations of the workers and keep the word given to the working majority”.

And it is that, in his opinion, the labour reform which must be put to a vote next week in Congress “It does not constitute the repeal of the 2012 labor reform” and, even assessing measures included against temporality and precariousness, they consider that these “are totally insufficient to achieve the objective of restoring the basic labor rights that were taken away.”

The proposals of the parties

Despite noting that each formation is autonomous when deciding the direction of the vote for the validation or repeal of the decree law next Thursday, both the ERC labor spokesperson, Jordi Salvador, and the EH-Bildu spokespersons, Mertxe Aizpurua; the CUP, Mireia Vehí; such as the BNG deputy, Néstor Rego, have confirmed that if the Government does not commit to making changes to the reform, their vote will be negative.

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The four deputies have read a joint statement in which they point out that they show their “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 a reform to be approved ambitious job.

In the manifesto, they detail the measures that should be included in the labor reform:

  • Prevalence of provincial and regional collective bargaining agreements and agreements.
  • Recovery of the administrative authorization for collective dismissals through the ERE.
  • Measures to tackle precariousness and the possibilities of wage drop.
  • Recovery of compensation for unfair dismissal of 45 days per year worked and processing wages.
  • Application priority of sector agreements over company agreements.
  • The limitations of companies for collective geographic mobility will be restored and the need for an agreement to regulate the working day will be recovered.
  • Proposals aimed at reorganizing working time and reducing the working day will be included.

ERC launches an ultimatum to the Government although it does not close to support it

While EH Bildu, BNG and the CUP have been adamant that they will vote no if the decree is not processed as a bill, ERC has opened the door to continue negotiatingbut has launched an ultimatum for the Government to commit to making “substantial changes”.

“If it is not done as a bill, we’ll have to make a leap of faith in which more parties are needed”, asserted the ERC deputy Jordi Salvador, one of the Republican party’s negotiators at a press conference in Congress. In this sense, Salvador explained that if they have not slammed the door ” It’s because there are interesting things.”

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Thus, he has valued that the decree contains changes to curb temporary and precarious employment, but has insisted that it must be improved. However, although the position of ERC is not yet definedcontinue to warn that the vote may be a no “if there are no substantial improvements and seriousness in doing things right.”

Republicans regret that the government insists that “you can’t touch a comma” because “that’s called non-negotiation” and points out that the contact with the second vice president and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz “is different” because “there is an attempt on her part, but it is a government coalition and there are people who have exercised the veto.”

“There have been exchanges, proposals, there are things on which agreements can be reached”, acknowledged the ERC deputy, although he has pointed out that, in order to move his current position of rejection, these proposals should “finish outlining” and “shield”.

The ‘no’ of Bildu, BNG and the CUP

For her part, the spokesperson for EH Bildu, Mertxe Aizpurua has insisted that they remain in the “no” to validation “because this has to change” and believes that with this statement the Government is being offered “alternatives” and a way to open a process of dialogue on issues that are necessary for them to improve working conditions.

The deputy of BNG Néstor Rego has clarified that the position of his formation it will be a ‘no’ if the decree is not processed as a billand they insist that the 2012 reform should be repealed in its entirety.

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In the same sense, the deputy of the cup Mireia Vehí, who has assured that this manifesto “does not condition” her Negative vote to the decree, which they have already decided.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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