In the PSOE they are clear: the PP was aware that the two UPN deputies were going to reject the labor reform and “whitewashed turncoat” to harm the Government, even though this entails the loss of workers’ rights after reaching an agreement unions and employers and risk 10,000 million from European funds. And, aware that this move has clouded the approval of the “most important law of the legislature”, as the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, called it, they directly accuse Pablo Casado. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero did it in an electoral act in León, the socialist candidate, Luis Tudanca and Pedro Sánchez himself: “What happened last Thursday in Congress was that social progress won, Spain, and the denialist opposition lost of the PP”.
The Government and ERC heal the wounds of the labor reform and agree on a non-aggression pact in the remainder of the legislature
The president has assured that the labor reform is a “collective success” because it brought together representatives of workers and businessmen and has also dedicated special thanks to the parties that voted in the affirmative against the “face of a right that whitens the turncoat, delegitimizes a vote democracy in Parliament and vote against a good deal for Spain”. “It is clear to me that Spain does not deserve this opposition, this denialist right,” said Sánchez, who has claimed the new labor regulations as “good politics.”
“This labor reform is a hymn to growth and agreement. It is a hymn to economic growth because it is going to consolidate job creation and the creation of decent employment,” said Sánchez, who recalled that in January – the first month with the regulations in force before it was validated by Congress – the number of permanent contracts increased by 91% compared to December. “That is what the PP wanted not to come out, even using turncoats,” the PSOE general secretary has reproached.
Sánchez recalled that the PP has rejected initiatives such as the revaluation of pensions according to the CPI, the law of euthanasia or dignified death, that of Professional Training or that it has announced the appeal before the Constitutional Court of the housing law “without having read it “. “They reproach who we got these laws with. The question is not that, it is why the PP, with that denialist opposition, votes against it,” said the president.
Minutes before, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero had spoken along the same lines, before a devoted public, and assured that “in this legislature, as in previous ones, the right wing will go down in history for not having put its shoulder to the wheel even once, even with a very serious pandemic. “There was poetic justice the other day [ha dicho el expresidente sobre la votación de la reforma laboral]. The workers won, social dialogue, employment, the dignity of the most humble. Spain won and the PP lost. They are specialists in scoring own goals. This is what will happen to them in Castilla y León.”
The PSOE takes chest with the decentralization
Both Sánchez and Zapatero have praised the socialist candidate, Luis Tudanca, and have charged Alfonso Fernández Mañueco for calling the polls on February 13. “These are elections called by the PP for the PP to make some primaries plus [Pablo] Married, he needs them well, of course”, said Zapatero, who attributed the “anxiety” of the PP leader to his struggle with Isabel Díaz Ayuso. The leader of the PSOE has referred to the Social Democratic victories in Italy, Germany or Portugal to predict a success for Tudanca next Sunday. “The day he called elections we were inaugurating the AVE between Madrid and Galicia. Mañueco did not accompany the head of state, the president of the government and the president of the Xunta and metaphorically demonstrated the abandonment of the PP to this land,” he said.
The fight against depopulation has been present in the interventions of all the participants, who have claimed the decentralization of institutions that Zapatero began and that Sánchez is continuing. “There is no land with more imbalances than this one. The reduction of imbalances has to do with equity, which is giving more to those who need it most and this land needs more, much more,” Tudanca said before expressly thanking the former president the decision to bring institutions such as the fine management center, the reference center for rare diseases or the evolution center to Castilla y León. “It served because we showed that with these policies we can reduce the demographic bleeding,” said Tudanca, whom the socialist ranks see as possibilities precisely because of the work he has done over the years in the region, despite the competition that has arisen with the platforms of the Emptied Spain. “We do not have to compromise anything that we have not already done,” said the candidate before listing very specific issues in the area, such as the reference hospital for Ponferrada or the opening of clinics in rural areas, among others.
Tudanca flies the flag of decency
“The PP could present itself in these elections with the 1987 program exchanging pesetas for euros,” Tudanca said ironically. “They are not capable of talking about Castilla and León because they do not have a program. They never have. If we had governed for 35 years, we would be bragging about what we have done,” he pointed out, in contrast to the campaign of the Conservatives, largely focused on in stoking the central government.
The PSOE also wants to emphasize one of the weak points of the PP: corruption, which in its opinion is going unnoticed in this campaign despite the fact that the Prosecutor’s Office has denounced the party for the primaries in which Mañueco was elected. “If I had to choose a reason for the change, and there are many, recovering decency would be the first”, the candidate has expressed.