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PSOE and United We Can maintain the confrontation over the leadership of the labor reform


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The crisis cabinet that PSOE and United We can created to overcome internal conflicts met this afternoon for the first time since July 2020 at the request of the minority partner. The result of two hours of meeting only served to have to continue negotiating. The confrontation between the Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, and the second vice president, Yolanda Diaz, to see who leads the negotiation of the labor reform. Another conflict is hidden in the background; the one of capitalize on reform and lead political action.

Post-meeting ratings have been very brief both sides. “Constructive meeting, with a good tone,” explained PSOE sources. The only nuance: “We have begun to continue talking.” Without more data. For their part, United We can sources pointed out that “it will be necessary to continue negotiating since at the moment there is no consensus on the labor reform.”

Sánchez gave a coup of authority on Friday imposing Nadia Calvin as coordinator of the labor reform, which the Ministry of Labor described as “attempted interference.” That’s where it all explodes.

The pact monitoring table had not been convened for more than a year because Sánchez and Pablo Iglesias they had entered into a dynamic of fixing the problems in their offices. Nevertheless, the president’s dialogue with Díaz is not so fluid like the one he had with the former vice president. For example, when the First Vice President and Minister of Economy communicates to Díaz’s department that she will coordinate negotiations with employers and unions (after Sánchez previously requested it), Díaz demands explanations that never come: neither from the Economy nor the Presidency.

Speaking to the press in Galicia, the second vice president explained this morning that the PSOE has to “clarify itself” with the labor reform because give “different statements”. And that the problem is not about “people”, but about “content”, because, in his opinion, there is a part of the PSOE that has doubts about repealing the reform of the PP. An allusion to Calviño’s reluctance. Even so, from Work they still do not understand why this story changes from one week to another.

In mid-October, from the PSOE congress, Sánchez promised to repeal the labor reform, however, yesterday he changed the terminology and released: “We must modernize labor legislation”, statements much more in line with Calviño. In Unidos Podemos they consider that either they do not want to repeal the labor reform as agreed in the coalition agreement or they do not want Díaz to do so.

The president of the confederal parliamentary group, Jaume Asens, said that Sánchez wants to prevent Díaz from capitalizing on the law because he is “afraid of the popularity he is having”. On the other hand, sources from Podemos suggested that he is wrong in strategy if what the president wants is to restrict Díaz’s space for growth. “If you try to stop it, you can make it stronger”, warned an important charge.

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From the socialist flank, the PSOE spokesman, Felipe SicilyHe repeated the same thing that the president said on Friday: “Any law that comes out of the Government, belongs to the entire Government.” Thus, the Ministry of Labor cannot be the only interlocutor in the negotiation because “it is a law that affects more ministries.” Calviño also pointed out this afternoon that “the Government has to speak with one voice.”

As ABC explained yesterday, Sánchez feared that the vice president would not give the employers room to reach an agreement, since they are willing to move forward even if they do not have the support of the CEOE. The PSOE emphasizes that they cannot have only the pleasure of the unions and that it is fundamental a “total consensus” that makes the law digestible in Brussels. But Podemos is still in its thirteen and at headquarters they stressed that they are not going to allow Calviño to lead a reform “at the service of the bosses.”

The Minister of the Presidency, Felix Bolaños; the deputy secretary general of the PSOE, Adriana Lastra; the Minister of Finance, Maria Jesus Montero, and the parliamentary spokesman of this sign, Héctor Gómez, represented the PSOE at the meeting, which was convened in Congress. On behalf of United We Can, the chief of staff of the second vice president, Josep Vendrell; the Secretary of State for Labor, Joaquín Pérez; the leader of the PCE, Enrique Santiago; the Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra; the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, and the parliamentary spokesperson, Pablo Echenique.

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