The government is rebelling against the avalanche of ERE that big companies are announcing that could send more than 35,000 workers into the streets, many of them from the banking sector, which is leading this wave of collective layoffs. That’s why he is fighting back and wants to prevent companies that benefit from having a free hand to terminate their employees’ contracts on the basis of a drop in sales. This is what emerges from the words spoken by both the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and his third Vice President, Yolanda Díaz, on Wednesday, expressing themselves completely against this ERE and opening the door for the law to be amended. to limit them.
First, it was the Secretary of Labor who fiercely accused Congress of the PP’s labor reform that prevented the government from taking action against collective redundancies by removing the administrative permission that companies had to request when filing a EUA. Faced with the request of Bildu deputy Oskar Matute to restore it because “we are witnessing a cascade of ERE”, the minister agreed, saying that the government “will seek a formula that will allow us to trade.”
We should also remember that last week the Department of Labor sent letters to BBVA and CaixaBank to pressure them to reduce the number of workers affected by collective layoffs, which caused some surprise in the industry.
Just a few hours later, it was the president himself who supported these words, pledging during his speech at the 43rd UGT Confederal Congress that the executive will work “intensively” with the unions to “soften as much as possible”. collective redundancies in “sectors where the benefits do not justify it”, in a clear reference to banking.
In this sense, Sánchez rejected the ERE announced by big companies because “they cause social alarms and misunderstandings and make it clear to public opinion that technological transformation is something of a minority and not a majority when it is the main challenge and challenge.” “We cannot allow sectors that pay millions in salaries to their executives, who have not stopped growing and growing and growing during the pandemic, simultaneously announcing massive layoffs of workers,” he complained.
Change of speech
Another clear message the government wanted to send is that it will withdraw the labor reform before the end of the year. Yolanda Díaz did it again, this time in the Congress of Deputies and with the second vice president, Nadia Calviño, to her right. With emptiness and without a shadow of a doubt, the Minister of Labor reiterated yesterday for the third time in the past two weeks the words she avoided until recently: “Yes, we are going to withdraw the PP labor reform.” This letter of intent is more valuable because she dares to face a chamber full of MEPs who oppose this withdrawal, including many socialist colleagues within the government itself, headed by Calviño.
After more than a year of silence over this commitment in the coalition pact, the third vice president is no longer shaking her voice to shout from the rooftops that she will withdraw this reform, now seeking to establish herself as the new leader of United We can en without fear of standing up to the PSOE. It also wants to satisfy parliamentary partners, such as Bildu, ERC or the CUP, who are already asking for more specificity with regard to these measures. He even went one step further with the intention of being persuasive, saying bitingly, “If this isn’t done before December, I’ll show up to give an account and do what I have to do.” These words could give rise to multiple interpretations, as here it would be possible for a break in the pact of government or a resignation,
As with the ERTEs, Sánchez specified this promise, explaining that “the left should not only say that it is going to be dismantled, but that it is moving forward”. “There are colleagues who tell me: you have to say withdraw the labor reform. But from the point of view of the government, and also in the light of Spanish society, when we talk about a profound overhaul of the labor market, we must of course withdraw the things that the PP did when she was in government, but also modernize many others, “he reiterated and called for a” major overhaul of the labor market in Spain “, updating it and recognizing new rights.
In this sense, other measures that Díaz emphasized are to “completely” change the hiring bonuses they grant to companies because “they are a dead weight to the economy” and they fail to meet the stated goals. government. Likewise, the Vice President promised to deploy “very important” investments, with “very important” amounts to try to change the sign in youth employment policy, as 40% unemployment in this group is intolerable.