The Second Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Diaz, has held this Saturday a meeting in the Vatican with the Pope Francisco in which he has talked with the pontiff about the way in which Spain has come out of the coronavirus crisis, as well as about work, employment and ecology.
“Has been a very exciting meeting and I must be respectful and I will not be able to reveal the content of the conversation with the Holy Father, “said Yolanda Díaz after the meeting to the journalists stationed in the Plaza de San Pedro.
Government sources have framed the visit as a cordial meeting of which Pedro Sánchez was informed, as explained this Friday by the spokeswoman for the Executive, Isabel Rodríguez, who pointed out that the president had known about the appointment for fifteen days.
During the visit, which lasted some 40 minutes and which was held in the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican, the Pope and Díaz have agreed that work must be decent and the need to have legislative frameworks that prioritize the worker as the best tool for social inclusion, according to sources close to the vice president explained after the meeting.
They have also shared the idea that the employment must have rights and be of quality, and that the healthiest democracies are those with robust jobs, according to sources.
Advances in labor reform
The second vice president, who was in Italy last October also to speak with her Italian counterpart, Andrea Orlando, of the challenges of the labor market in both countries, has taken the opportunity to tell the pope the measures implemented by the Spanish Government to tackle the problem of unemployment.
In this sense, he has commented to the pontiff how, despite the pandemic and that the numbers are still not good, the figures are better than those with the previous Government and that is proof, according to sources, that practicing public policies and different income the economy works better.
Over the deadlines to approve the labor reform, the sources reiterated that the Government will have it ready by December 31, as it has promised, and that the way forward with the social agents is to define a model in which the ordinary contract is indefinite and the stability of employment is favored.
To have a temporary contract, the sources added, there will have to be a justifying reason based on productive and occasional reasons, and if it is found that the companies have overstepped, there will be sanctions.
Díaz has given the pope a recycled plastic stole and embroidered by the Discalced Carmelites of Alcalá de Henares, and an edition of New leaves of Rosalía de Castro, book that the Galicians carried with them when they emigrated to Argentina.
The opposition criticizes Díaz: “He’s on the campaign trail”
The The opposition has criticized Yolanda Díaz’s visit to the Vatican and he has assured that the vice president, who has already announced her intention to lead a broad left-wing front to stand in the next general elections, is “on the campaign trail.”
This has been pointed out by the Vice Secretary for Organization of the PP, Ana Beltran, who in statements to the press in Barcelona has shown his “perplexity” by the encounter de Díaz with the pontiff. According to Beltrán, the vice president seeks promotion “and has reproached him for not being” in those places where he is needed “, but going to the Vatican” for his own benefit. “
Also the leader of Ciudadanos, Ines Arrimadas, has censored the visit: “I don’t know if exactly has gone to apologize for the management disaster what it is doing with youth unemployment and precariousness “, he ironized.