The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez , has affirmed before the open process for the labor reform that the important thing is “to win the battle for the future” and, for this, he sees it necessary to rebuild “some things” that he believes were done wrong in the reform approved in 2012 by the PP Government .
Sánchez, who in 2014 carried the flag to repeal the “Rajoy labor reform” , has spoken about the negotiation of the labor reform and the controversy in this regard among the coalition partners in the press conference that he offered at the end of the summit of G-20 leaders , held in Rome.
From left to right: Cristina Narbona, president of the PSOE; Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government and Secretary General; and Adriana Lastra, Deputy Secretary General.
Pedro Sánchez’s promise in 2014: “The first thing the PSOE will do is repeal Rajoy’s labor reform”
It is not the first time that Sánchez modifies his position on the labor reform of the PP without, after three years in the Government, having fulfilled that promise of that July 14, 2014, when after imposing in the primaries Eduardo Madina and José Antonio Pérez Tapias assured that “the first thing the PSOE will do will be to repeal Rajoy’s labor reform to recover workers’ rights.” A promise that he continued to expose years later in the electoral programs with which they stood for the 2015 and 2016 elections, in which Sánchez achieved 90 and 85 deputies.
Sánchez insisted on his promise when he sealed the ‘hug pact’ with Albert Rivera when it seemed that both could govern in coalition. However, this repeal did not appear in the document of 200 measures signed by PSOE and Ciudadanos that day.
Key meeting this Tuesday
An appearance, this Sunday, two days before the meeting that he will hold with his first and second vice presidents, Nadia Calviño and Yolanda Díaz , respectively (main protagonists of the controversy), and the ministers of Finance, Social Security and Education to coordinate the position of the Executive in this regard.
The Prime Minister has appealed to the “country responsibility” of all social actors – employers and unions – to reach an agreement before the end of the year on the labor reform committed to Brussels.
“That we have businessmen and unions in this dialogue and that we can reach an agreement with them will be fundamental to achieve the updating of our labor relations model,” the president remarked in statements to the media.
Sánchez has insisted that the labor reform is not only a matter of the Government and has summoned all the social agents that, in addition to participating and being protagonists of this change in the productive model, help to modernize the labor relations model. He has thus highlighted the interest of the Executive in having this reform carried out “with the maximum consensus of social agents and the greatest of dialogues.”
Sánchez recalled that Spain has been summoned for years by Brussels to modernize the production model, since on several occasions the different governments of the country have been alerted to the problems of the Spanish labor market, especially in terms of precariousness, temporality and high youth unemployment. In this sense, the president has affirmed that the pandemic has accelerated many of those changes that the labor market needs.
“As a government we must do, not only change the production model, but also change, update and modernize our labor relations, ” he remarked, after urging that the time to carry out this leap is “now.” “I know it is an ambitious goal, but this government has ambition,” he said.
Among the challenges, Sánchez has highlighted the reindustrialization of the country, the modernization of the production model and the updating of labor standards.
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