United We can withdraw the amendments it had submitted to Escrivá’s pension law, agreed in the social dialogue with employers and unions. The parliamentary group had presented two amendments to the bill approved by the coalition government, of which it is a part, but has finally chosen to withdraw them to address these issues “internally” in the Executive and to “respect and facilitate social dialogue “They explain to elDiario.es from the purple formation.
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The confederal group had incorporated two amendments to the bill that develops the first block of the pension reform. The first of them advocated the stoppage of contributions, so that higher wages contribute more to Social Security, and the second tended to decriminalize the early retirement of workers with contribution careers of more than 40 years.
Although the confederal group had not put the accent at the public level on the presentation of these amendments in the Congress of Deputies, as it has happened this Monday with its objections to the health equity law, the fact of presenting them was relevant. Not only for the fact of amending a law of the Government of which it is a part, but also for referring to issues that are still pending in the social dialogue in the next phases of the reform.
Specifically, Escrivá has promised to tackle the so-called “stoppage” of the maximum contribution bases before the end of 2022, in a blockade of the pension reform that has not yet begun to negotiate with unions and employers. Social Security is currently focused on the debate of various “fringes” that were left hanging from the first agreement, such as the intergenerational equity mechanism, of which a last proposal has been presented this Monday. Other measures are also a priority, such as the contribution of scholarship holders and the equalization of widowhood pensions for common-law couples to marriages.
More discreet debates, within the Government
The second amendment of United We Can, which referred to the decriminalization of early retirement in careers of more than 40 years, has more potential to generate internal tensions. It is a claim by groups such as Asjubi40, which United Podemos supports, but Social Security studied the issue and issued a report in the summer that opposed the measure.
The Ministry that Escrivá directs sent its analysis on this issue to the Toledo Pact, as the parliamentary commission had claimed (although it did so with delay). Social Security argued its opposition to this decriminalization of early retirement for several reasons. Among them, he considers that there would be a comparative grievance with other pensioners and also highlights reasons for the “financial sustainability” of the Social Security accounts.
United Podemos sources explain to this medium that the withdrawal of the amendments has been a “collective” decision, for which in the end it has been decided to address these pension issues “that United Podemos defends” internally within the Government. . In addition, they emphasize that this decision is intended to “respect and facilitate social dialogue.”
According to sources familiar with the internal discussion, last Friday it was concluded that it was better to suppress the amendments that had been brought to Parliament on this key and sensitive issue, pensions, in which an attempt is made to flee from the debate. partisan.
This step takes place at a time when it is trying to reduce tensions within the coalition after the clash over the labor reform. The second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, acknowledged last Wednesday that the struggle between the two government partners over the future of this rule had deteriorated the image of the Executive. A few days after PSOE and United We can agree on a new internal coordination scheme, which introduced interlocutors from the Economy and Social Security, the head of Labor put an end to the controversy. “The debate is settled”, he affirmed in an interview in The sixth.
In this climate of relaxed relations, the confederal group has also avoided charging harshly against Escrivá’s proposal on the intergenerational pension equity mechanism. “We do not know in the parliamentary group what it could be,” warned the deputy spokeswoman in Congress, Sofía Castañón, who specified that the survival of the pension model could not occur “at the cost of the efforts of the working class.”
Vice President Yolanda Díaz made a public gesture with Escrivá later and highlighted, as the unions have done, the step of the Ministry to face the challenge of the retirement of the numerous generation of the ‘baby boom’ through an increase in the income of the system and not with the logic of cuts of the PP, through the sustainability factor of 2013.