Pedro Sánchez established the Government’s position on the management of the labor reform last Friday in Brussels, when at the press conference after the EU summit he opted for the “collaboration and cooperation” of the two parties that make up the coalition. It is the position he gave in public, in full explosion of what until now is one of the most serious discrepancies of the Executive.
But privately that same position was fixed four days before, in the first meeting of the Federal Executive Commission of the new PSOE that came out of the Valencia congress. Different socialist sources that were present have highlighted to EL PERIÓDICO DE ESPAÑA that during the session there was a debate interesting about the labor reform, and above all, about the role that the organization would have to play in it.
The president himself intervened to defend the involvement of the socialist sector of the Government, and therefore, the creation of a space for co-management. Already then he stressed the importance of cooperation and coordination, and gave several examples to illustrate this. Sánchez spoke of budget negotiation and the naturalness with which it was assumed that its leadership is exercised by the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero (PSOE), and the Secretary of State for Social Rights, Nacho Álvarez (United We Can). He put another example, the drafting of the housing law, approved this Tuesday by the Council of Ministers. Minister Ione Belarra, also the general secretary of the ‘morada’ training, and her counterpart in Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, who comes from the PSC, have participated in its drafting. In this department, the General Secretary for Housing, David Lucas, also a socialist, has assumed a leading role, due to competition.
The claim of the secretary general of the party and president of the Government revealed a deficiency that in the ranks of its formation has been noticing for a long time.
The irruption of the PSOE in the management of the labor reform is “drawer”, points out a socialist source, but the claim of the secretary general of the party and president of the Government revealed a deficiency that in the ranks of its formation has been noticing for a long time. The Minister of Labor, Yolanda Diaz, leads management with such skill in communication The impression was beginning to spread that, if it went ahead, all the merit, success and focus would go to the leader of United We Can.
According to the versions obtained by the sources, nobody spoke at any time of removing Díaz from the management, but they did convey that the PSOE should also grab the banner of labor reform. It is not a minor issue. It is possibly one of the banners of the legislature. A matter that embodies the vision of a Government on the conditions of workers and employers. A crucial aspect in the ideology and ideology of any public management, in the opinion of one of the sources consulted. Giving up that glory is not something socialists can afford.
The conflict and the words of Lastra
Always according to the sources, the president did not pronounce the name that has most angered the ‘purple’ sector of the Government: Nadia Calviño. He limited himself to defending the role of the PSOE in which it is called to be the reform emblem of the coalition.
On the 22nd, the conflict that had been brewing was transcended. Belarra posted a tweet on her account announcing the request for a urgent meeting of the delegations of the parties that make up the Executive. The meeting took place last Monday and ended without an agreement on the methodology for managing the labor reform.
The announcement caused tremors in the foundations of the coalition and in the walls of the headquarters of the parties, because hours after the message the reason that motivated it was leaked: Calviño’s interference. This medium published that one of the causes of the malaise of the Diaz team in the Ministry of Labor was a crossing of emails without reply from the team of the first vice president and responsible for the economic area of the Government. The leakage crossover so that the blame fell from one side or the other has been a constant, at least until this Tuesday, when the tone of the statements points to a détente.
From last Friday to Monday, various leaders of the PSOE have emphasized the influence that the socialist acronym should exert in the negotiation of a new labor model. The one who has expressed herself with the most forcefulness has been the deputy secretary general, Adriana Lastra, who at the closing of the Extremadura federation congress on Sunday, assured that the reform “will be made by the PSOE.”
This is something that the socialist interlocutors transmitted to the representatives of the United States during the meeting of the commission to monitor the government pact, although with the nuance of the necessary coordination. The minister spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, has moved on that thesis in the press conference after the Council of Ministers.
The labor market is a “structural reform, that affects many ministries, at least five (…). It is not intervening, it is contributing, collaborating. It is the reform of the Government of Spain, and therefore, it is all the ministries that are affected that they have to contribute their vision ”, he highlighted Sánchez in Brussels, last Friday.
The electoral context of the dispute
The option of relegating the Vice President and Minister of Labor to the background is part of a very particular electoral situation. The legislature is approaching the equator and the forecasts of the Government itself, even those of the sector closest to the president, look at the general elections very far, at the end of 2023. Despite this, the foreseeable candidate of a left-wing platform or movement, in which United We could be one more exponent, is beginning to gain increasing popularity and social esteem. This is shown by the CIS surveys and that of private entities.
The ERTEs have been a unanimously recognized measure and very high expectations are set in the labor reform. Reform that is going through a decisive phase, since before the end of the year some of the areas must be repealed. The Ministry of Labor has almost made a decree and plans the preliminary draft that would give shape to the new regulation. In Díaz’s environment they believe that the controversy of these days aims, above all, to erode his figure and his management.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.