Pedro Sánchez has announced that Spain will vaccinate with a third dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 to those over 60 years of age and to health and social health personnel. This was expressed at a press conference in Ankara, where he participated in a high-level summit with his Turkish counterpart, based on the agreement that has been reached in the vaccine presentation. The decision will now have to be ratified in the Public Health Commission and in the Interterritorial Health Council in which the Ministry of Health and the communities are represented.
The Government sends a message to employers with the pension pact: the labor reform can be without them
The Prime Minister has opted to “continue with the vaccination without pause” at a time when Spain has exceeded 88% of the population over twelve years immunized. Sánchez has also been convinced that Spain is in good condition to face a new wave like the one that is taking place in other European countries. “We are much better than a year ago to address any rebound that may occur in our country,” he predicted.
Sánchez is based on accumulated incidence data, as well as on hospitalizations and occupied ICU beds. “With all prudence and humility, in relative terms the accumulated incidence is frankly lower than what is happening in other parts of Europe,” he said before assuring that Spain has “low levels of hospitalization and ICU beds” due to coronavirus.
The labor reform, “with the greatest consensus”
In response to questions from journalists, the president has insisted that the Government’s intention is to carry out the labor reform with “the maximum dialogue and the greatest consensus” after the employer’s association withdrew from the last agreement on pensions. . The Executive sent a message to the employers by closing the pact only with the unions, as happened with the increase in the Minimum Interprofessional Salary a couple of months ago.
However, Moncloa is currently defending the CEOE for its position in social dialogue at a crucial moment in the negotiation, fundamentally bogged down by temporality. Unions and employers rejected last week the latest proposal on ERTE, which already bore the stamp of the economic vice president, Nadia Calviño, and the Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivà, who after joining the table.
“CEOE has shown total, absolute and resounding availability to reach agreements in social dialogue. It is not rhetoric, they are facts. We have reached twelve agreements,” Sánchez recalled about the tripartite understanding that has occurred throughout the pandemic. “The attitude with which the Government approaches this important reform is with the maximum dialogue and the greatest consensus,” he said in reference to the labor framework. The second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, also expressed her hope that the agreement for the labor reform includes employers, but warned that there are precedents in which the employer has been left out at the last moment, but their ” imprint “, as in the equal pay law.
Asked about the CIS barometer, which places the PSOE in first position with an advantage of about six points over the PP, Sánchez has played down its importance. “Although the results are positive, it is still a survey,” he said. Other polls predict either a technical draw or even the overtaking of Pablo Casado to the Socialists. “The Government in what it is to govern, to get the country out of this terrible pandemic and to do it with a recovery that is as fair as possible,” has been dispatched.
Sánchez has appeared together with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, at the Ankara Presidential Palace, where ministers from both governments have signed various agreements on different matters. Both presidents have emphasized both cooperation for security and peace and trade. Thus, Erdoğan recalled that after a first commission from the Navantia company they spoke of expanding the purchase and sale of war material, such as a submarine project.