The second vice president and leader of Sumar, Yolanda Díaz, defended the reduction of working hours reflected in the agreement signed with Pedro Sánchez and assured that the Government’s objective is to make all decisions within the social context dialogue. Therefore, he left a message to the head of the employers’ association, Antonio Garamendi, by assuring that “everyone is in favor” of this step after the businessmen’s revolt. “Not even the PP can say it is against,” he said in remarks to journalists upon his arrival at the Tripartite Social Summit in Brussels.
Díaz defended that the new labor measures will be carried out “hand in hand” with social dialogue and recalled that 18 major agreements have been made since he was in charge of the Ministry of Labor. In fact, he recalled that they also opposed measures such as the increase of SMI or labor reform and that, later, they were agreed upon. Regarding the reduction of the working day to 37.5 hours, he pointed out that there are already collective agreements agreed in this direction and that it covers approximately 1.6 million salaried people, representing about 14% .
The leader of Sumar also assured that Podemos is involved in the negotiations with PSOE from “minute one”, despite the fact that the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, also said this Tuesday in Brussels that she does not know the details of both just. “We negotiated with the entire Podemos parliamentary group. From minute one they are not only part of the decisions but they know their scope,” said Díaz.
The second vice president justified that the amnesty was not part of the agreement because it was “the agreement between the two political formations that will make up the next Government of Spain: the Socialist Party and Sumar.” “This is the agreement on who will be part of the Spanish Government,” he said. Sánchez also did not want to give details about the progress of negotiations with the ERC and Junts, although both are convinced that the investiture is “closer.” “I’m sure we’ll get it,” Díaz said.