PSOE and United we can The meeting of the so-called Permanent Commission for the Follow-up of the Coalition Agreement began after 7:30 p.m. with the aim of trying to resolve the great dispute open in the Executive for the labor reform, as reported by socialist sources.
Participating in this Monday’s meeting, on behalf of the PSOE, are the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños; the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero; the deputy secretary general of the PSOE, Adriana Lastra; and the spokesman in Congress, Héctor Gómez.
As for the United We Can delegation, it is made up of the Secretary General of Podemos and the Minister of Social Rights; Ione Belarra; the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero; the spokesman in Congress, Pablo Echenique; the Secretary of State for the 2030 Agenda and IU leader, Enrique Santiago; the Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Labor, Josep Vendrell, and the Secretary of State for Employment and Social Economy, Joaquín Pérez.
The meeting comes after The leader of the purple party requested it urgently last Friday, to request explanations for the intention of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, in the hands of Nadia Calviño, to now coordinate the negotiation with the social agents for the repeal of the labor reform.
As the PSOE has reaffirmed this Monday, the labor reform is one of the main measures that the Government is going to promote in this legislature and, therefore, the entire Executive must participate in its negotiation and, above all, the ministries involved , starting with the Economy and Vice President Calviño, who is the main economic head of the Government.
For this reason, the Socialists are going to raise with their partners at the meeting this Monday the need for the PSOE and the Ministry of Calviño to be represented at the social dialogue table, as confirmed by socialist sources.
Nevertheless, the purple ones already denounced on Friday that they consider that this strategy is an ‘interference’ of the socialist wing in this matter, which has been in the hands of the Second Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, for months.
Furthermore, to this fact The misgivings of United Podemos are added regarding the true intentions of the PSOE in this matter and, specifically, of Calviño, whom they accuse of not wanting to repeal the labor reform of the PP, despite the fact that it is part of the government agreement that the partners signed in 2019 to form the coalition Executive.
The decision of the Ministry of Economy generated, therefore, a great malaise in United We Can, and opened one of the worst crises among coalition partners, if not the worst, since they arrived in Moncloa in January 2020.
The labor reform was precisely the first clash between PSOE and United We Can that same month of January 2020, just a few days after taking office, when Calviño began to warn that the PP labor reform could not be repealed as such, but the most damaging aspects.
After the public denunciation of the United We Can last Friday, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, supported that same day his Minister of Economy and defended the need for his Ministry to also be involved in this negotiation, because it is a matter that affects the entire Executive. And so he has reaffirmed it again this Monday.
During the weekend both parties have tried to reduce the tension throughout the week, although at the same time the crossed messages have not ceased from one side and the other, claiming, on the part of United We Can, the need for this matter to remain in their hands and, on the socialist side, to involve the entire Government and also claim its management in this matter.
The table that meets this Monday afternoon was created at the beginning of the legislature, as part of the coalition agreement, with the precise objective of ironing out the differences that may arise between the PSOE and United We Can and manage the discrepancies.
Since then it has met only three times officially: in February 2020, to establish itself; in March of that year; and in July 2020. In addition, in January 2021 there was a coordination meeting between the coalition partners, although not in this format.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.