The president asks the PP for support in the labor reform and Díaz seeks it with ERC
The point and aside in the isolation between Pedro Sánchez and Pablo Casado, motivated by the initiative of the opposition leader, was used by the Prime Minister to demand that the opposition leader support, or at least abstain, from the validation of labor reform.
Casado called Sánchez to talk about Ukraine, but the Prime Minister wanted to expand the topics of conversation, and brought up the labor reform and European funds. Regarding the decree-law that will be debated next week in Congress, Casado confirmed to Sánchez that his party will vote ‘no’, because that is not his proposal. The PP leader offered his alternative, the ‘Austrian backpack’, and recalled
to Sánchez, which is what the Bank of Spain defends and what the now vice-president Calviño defended. Regarding European funds, the president of the PP once again reached out to the chief executive to create an independent agency for their management.
But aside from the fact that Sánchez already knew what the PP’s position on the labor reform was going to be, his request is not innocuous. Because it comes to confront the vision of its partners within the Government, who demand that the norm be validated with the investiture bloc. The Socialists have already made it clear that they do not want to touch the agreement reached between unions and employers. And they see the clear horizon, although adjusted, before the possibility that Ciudadanos and other minority parties support the text.
Meanwhile, in United We Can attend with a lot of tension before the possibility that the investiture block breaks in this important parliamentary appointment. But for the moment they have found a wall in the opposite position of ERC, PNV and Bildu. All the spotlights fall on the Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Diaz, who has been trying for weeks to convince that bloc not to veto the reform. If the attempt fails and the text goes ahead with the support of Ciudadanos and minority groups, Yolanda Díaz will bear an unpredictable political cost for her interests.
Thus, Díaz finds himself trapped in a certain way: between the need to carry out his flagship plan and the limits set by the PSOE that threaten to turn precisely his reform into the cause of opening a gap in the majority that supports the Government. Diaz is working hard to avoid it. Yesterday he held different meetings in Catalonia with unions. Unlike in the Basque Country, in Catalonia the weight of UGT and CCOO is main. And in the Government they believe that a change of position by the ERC and not so much by the PNV and Bildu would be more feasible.