Unions UGT y CCOO have warned the Government this Friday to avoid establishing commitments with Brussels that are incompatible with the negotiation in the framework of the social dialogue table, in relation to the labor reform and pension reform. “The commitments with the European Union cannot be so exhaustive as to leave the social dialogue tables without oxygen,” he warned Unai Sordo at the end of the meeting of the social dialogue table on the Recovery Plan which should guide access to the 140,000 million of new European funds allocated to Spain.
This meeting gives continuity to the meetings held on November 16 with the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, and the one on November 27, led by the Minister of Economic Affairs herself. This time, in addition to Minister Calviño and union and employer representatives (Antonio Garamendi from CEOE and Gerardo Cueva from Cepyme), the five government economic ministers (Teresa Ribera, Reyes Maroto, Yolanda Díaz, María Jesús Montero and José Luis Escrivá) who have presented the general lines of the reforms and investment plans in which the Executive is working to receive European money.
As Calviño explained, the plan that will be sent to Brussels consists of 30 large components in which 170 reforms are collected to modernize the country’s productive structure with issues related to education, tourism, health, housing, agricultural and fisheries policy, sustainable mobility, energy, justice or modernization of the administration, as well as reforms in the labor and pension sphere. During the month of December 28 of those 30 components have already been shipped, with the exception of the last two, related to the labor reform and pensions, which have not yet been sent to “have a meeting with the social agents and state if our approach is aligned with what the social agents expect”, according to Calviño has indicated.
Behind each of these components, the European Commission expects a certain degree of detail, specification and analysis, as the minister has advanced, and that is what they would be doing in the labor and pension sphere: “Identify the main reform elements to improve the structure of contracts, collective bargaining, active employment policies, reduce the duality of the labor market, modernize the operation of public employment services (17 reforms make up this package) and the same in the field of pensions “.
In this sense, the unions have asked the Government “to know the specific content of the documents” – something that Calviño has assured that he would send them next week – to prevent Spain from reaching compromises with Brussels “that leave no margin for social dialogue.” “We will not make leaps of faith”Sordo has warned, given the lack of detail and despite the fact that, as the union representative has recognized, the Government has assured them “that there will be margins and social dialogue will play an important part.” “It is deduced from the meeting as a whole that there will be room for social dialogue, but we do not know the files or the content of the 170 reforms, we will only be able to give an opinion when we have read them and we can say if there is enough room or not. In any case, we have told the Government that if there is no margin that they do not have us for the negotiation. It cannot be clearer, “Pepe Álvarez has riveted.
For his part, the president of Cepyme, Gerardo Cuerva, has asked the Executive for “prudence” because “any reform today can ruin that maximum effort that the business world and workers are making” and “realism” so that “the situation we are in” is taken into account in the proposals.