Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Kirchnerism requested a special session of the Senate to fight against the DNU

The block of the Unión por la Patria requested this afternoon to call a special session for Thursday, February 1, to try to reject the Decree of Need and Urgency 70/23 economic deregulation. Without guaranteed votes, Kirchnerism tried a bold step that would reveal the negotiating capacity of the ruling party and itself.

During the afternoon of this Tuesday, the Peronist senators met to follow up on the omnibus law that got the majority opinion last night and outline a mega DNU strategy in Javier Milei, which was suspended by the Justice in areas such as labor and unions but is still enforced and cannot be revoked unless both wings of Congress reject it.

As a result, and after the liberal victory that was able to sign the majority opinion of the dissidents about the omnibus law, the Unión por la Patria gathered the required minimum of senators for its request for a special session—with the signatures of Sergio Leavy, Anabel Fernandez Sagasti, Juliana di Tullio, Juan Manzur, and the president of the bloc, Jose Mayans—and it was presented by the president of the Senate, Victoria Villarruel.

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According to Senate regulations, Villarruel has the power to determine the date and time of the special session

According to Senator Claudio Martin Donatein, in that session on February 1 at 2 p.m., they will try to “declare, as the workers do now, our strong rejection of the unconstitutional DNU, where Milei intended to conquer the rights of millions of Argentines. We confirm Javier Milei’s DNU attention to our sovereignty, our rights, and our culture, as he commented on his X account (formerly Twitter).

However, according to Senate regulations, Villarruel has the power to determine the date and time of the session and have a formal discussion on whether it can be discussed during the special session if it is not on the agenda. Villarruel should examine the negotiations with the “dialogue” opposition to prevent Kirchnerism from progressing to the rejection of the DNU, one of the president’s first steps in his administration.

Currently, Union for the Fatherland does not have a guaranteed quorum to enable the debate. To its 33 senators, it must add the support of three members of the dissident Peronist bloc Unidad Federal and Lucila Crexell from Neuquén (from Together for Change, but who supported the candidacy of Sergio Massa) and thus gather the quorum and the majority that allowed him to deal a political blow to the government. Currently, those votes are not guaranteed.

A judge declared the invalidity of several articles of the DNU

A fair judge of the labor court declared this Wednesday that the series of articles of the DNU is invalid for Javier Milei’s government because they affected the rights of unions and workers. Although it is a decision on the merits of the issue claimed by the CGT, within the framework of the case where it has already been taken as a precautionary measure to suspend the effects of the decree, the ruling explains that if Congress validates the annulled article, it will return to be valid.

The articles of DNU declared invalid are 73 (referring to contributions due to union dues), 79 (overtime and extension of working hours and holidays), 86 (validity of collective labor agreements), 87 (holding assemblies and conferences “that do not harm the normal activities of the company or affect third parties”), 88 (penalization of blockades and other forms of protest), and 97 (limits of forceful steps in essential and transcendental services).

The judgment was signed by the trial judge. Liliana Rodríguez Fernández, who also gave harsh criticism about “the continued political impotence to resolve issues that result in the jurisdiction of the courts,” The judge clarified that according to the procedure established by the Constitution, the DNU must be approved or rejected by Congress.

The government postponed the debate on the omnibus law until next Tuesday, January 30

“The extraordinary sessions were convened from December 26, 2023, to February 15 of this year, including in their agenda Message 7/23 of 12/27/23 sent to the Chamber of Deputies with the bill of bases…’ which is precisely what the ratification of DNU 70/2023 suggests”, explained the magistrate. “The Chambers must (I say ‘ must’ because the constitutional mandate does not allow alternatives) in these extraordinary sessions focus on the treatment of DNU 70/2023 because the term of the Bicameral Commission has ended,” he added.

The invalidity of the articles is adopted “in the framework of this amparo trial and the existing factual circumstances, without prejudice to the explanation thereof. enjoy formal validity in the case of ratification by both chambers within the period of extraordinary sessions that are in progress.” If this does not happen, “its validity will cease by operation of law,” said the ten-page ruling.

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