ERC maintains its ‘no’ to the labor reform and has raised the tone against the Government 72 hours after the momentous vote in Congress. The deputy general secretary and republican spokesperson, Marta Vilalta, has attributed the ERC’s rejection of the norm and has attributed it to the “immobility” of the Government for “not wanting to negotiate”.
ERC maintains its rejection of the labor reform and accuses the Government of prolonging the negotiation
After the visit to Barcelona of the Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, and the repeated requests of the CCOO and UGT unions for the Republicans to allow the labor reform to be approved, Vilalta has gone hand in hand with the Republicans in recent weeks to negotiate the norm to open criticism of the Executive.
“The Government remains immobile, it does not want to negotiate with the ERC and admit that there is room for improvement. If it does not want to negotiate, it will not have the support of the ERC. We are not going to assume impositions, this is the way it is or it is not”, he has disfigured Vilalta in reference to the negotiations that the Government and the parties that support it -PSOE and Podemos- maintain with other formations to try to obtain a sufficient majority with which to validate the decree that contains the new labor reform.
The Republican spokeswoman has warned the Executive of Pedro Sánchez that “if you do not want to take steps to get closer to what we all defended, that the PP labor reform had to be repealed, they will not have the support of ERC. And it will be the Government itself, which must explain why the reform does not come out or why they have had to agree with the right”.
Esquerra considers that the current reform proposal is “very far” from the “commitments to repeal the PP reform: “We do not intend to give up improving the lives of workers. They ask us to be part of the usual establishment, of the old politics, and we are very far from that.”
ERC considers that the agreement between the Government, employers and unions is insufficient and demands that the processing wages be recovered (which the workers receive while the courts do not rule on a dismissal lawsuit), in addition to more changes to combat precariousness.
Vilalta has urged the PSOE and United We Can to “clarify themselves among themselves”, since the ERC “does not know if it is negotiating with an entire government, with one or the other. Let them tell us what their clear position is”, he pointed out, in relation to the last week’s contacts between Minister Yolanda Díaz and the Minister of Business, the Republican Roger Torrent.
Vilalta has suggested that “the consequences” in relations between the ERC and the Government, within the framework of the State-Generalitat dialogue table, will be assessed “when it has happened” the outcome of the labor reform. “It is the Government who will have to decide if it is a decisive turn or if it is punctual.”