Sunday, December 5

Yolanda Díaz recognizes that the Government has given a bad image in the fight for the labor reform but says that “it is settled”

Yolanda Díaz assures that the conflict with her government partner on the labor reform has already been resolved, although she acknowledges that the struggle they maintained for several days has deteriorated the image of the Executive. The second vice president assures that she likes to work in discretion and away from noise. “I think that egos interest me little,” he highlighted in an interview in La Sexta.

For Díaz, the work to be done at the social dialogue table needs “tranquility” and “silence” due to the “many complexities” that are addressed in that space. The second vice president faces the negotiations with optimism. “I see the agreement possible,” he assured about the conversations that the Government, unions and employers are holding to repeal the text that legislates labor policies.

As she has underlined, she was “the first surprised” by the internal conflict that broke out in the coalition regarding this key reform. The regulation faces the final stretch of social dialogue this month, since it has to be approved before December 31.

Last week the two coalition formations agreed on a new internal coordination scheme, which gives space to the Economy and Social Security in the negotiation on the labor reform, which is still led by Labor. After days of disagreements, the two formations finally reached an agreement on Tuesday to reaffirm their commitment “to the repeal of the 2012 labor reform.” Faced with this latest announcement, Díaz maintains that “the debate is over.”

The second vice president did not want to delve into the content of the proposals that are being debated with employers and unions. He has limited himself to defending that the objective of his department is “to change the framework of the labor policy of the PP” and combat temporary employment. For this, it is committed to ensuring that temporary contracts have “a just cause”. In this way, the Government seeks to combat the “unbearable temporality index” that our country has. “Talking about precarious workers is talking about precarious lives,” he said.

Díaz does not confirm his political future

In addition, it has confirmed that its Ministry will not touch the compensation for unfair dismissal implemented by the PP in 2012, which went from 45 to 33 days per year worked. “We are not going to touch the dismissal,” insisted Díaz, who has limited himself to pointing out that this decision “is not a transfer” to the businessmen. “It is the government agreement. I do comply with what is agreed,” he continued. The team of the second vice president seeks to achieve “a balanced reform”, unlike the text approved during the Government of Mariano Rajoy, described by Díaz as “very aggressive.”

Beyond her functions as minister, the second vice president has also spoken about the broad front on which she is working for the next general elections, although she still maintains uncertainty about her political future. “If I thought that I am going to appear in the elections, I would say so. I am not in that,” he replied.

“It is not about names. It is not about egos. It is not about parties,” he pointed out. For Díaz, his political future goes through something “more complicated” than a candidacy. He advocates a space in which “Spanish society is the protagonist”. “I have a debate with my own father who thinks that it can only be done with a game behind him. I don’t have a party, it’s true,” he added. The first step to achieve the objective of the second vice president is to open a period “of conversation” with the public, in which her team is focused.