After weeks of talks, PSOE and Sumar closed the agreement late this Monday to form a new coalition government if Pedro Sánchez manages to be sworn in as president in the coming weeks. In the absence of specifying the support of the nationalist and independence forces necessary for this investiture, Sánchez and Yolanda Díaz finished outlining the details of the pact this Monday in a meeting between the two in which, among other things, they managed to overcome the differences that separated them. regarding the reduction of working hours, one of the milestones of the agreement. The staging of the pact between both parties will take place this Tuesday at 12:30 in a joint event between the leader of the PSOE and the leader of Sumar at the Reina Sofía Museum.
Although the matter seemed to have stalled in recent days, and in the absence of details being made public, finally the pact contemplates promoting by law a maximum working day of 37 and a half hours without salary reduction, one of the main demands of Sumar a which the socialists have finally agreed to.
Furthermore, both formations state that this coalition pact includes a shock plan against youth unemployment, the reinforcement of the public health system, the increase in the public housing stock, the expansion of paid birth leave, the universalization of education from 0 to 3 years and “a fair tax reform that makes banks and large energy companies contribute to public spending.”
In a joint note made public early this Tuesday, PSOE and Sumar consider that with their agreement “this responds to the clear message that citizens sent in the elections of July 23: the rejection of a right-wing government.” and the extreme right in Spain, and the mandate to continue advancing in rights and freedoms.”
“The government agreement, which will serve for a four-year term, will allow our country to continue growing sustainably and with quality employment, developing policies based on social and climate justice, and expanding rights, feminist achievements and freedoms,” PSOE and Sumar point out. “The objective of full employment for the next legislature will be a priority that will permeate the entire agreement,” they add.
Now, between October 31 and the first days of November, PSOE and Sumar will face different internal consultations so that their militancy endorses the agreement reached between both formations, regardless of the future amnesty law, which is still being negotiated with the pro-independence parties. Catalans and that since it is not strictly a government agreement as such but a political investiture pact with parties that will not be part of the Council of Ministers, the bases will not be consulted.
An agreement of fifteen versions
According to both formations, despite the evident political harmony between Sánchez and Díaz and the total predisposition of the parties they lead to reissue a progressive coalition government, the negotiations on the content of the political agreement on which PSOE and Sumar are preparing to sustain the next legislature have not been easy. In fact, negotiation sources point out that the final version of the document in which this pact is detailed is number fifteen after fourteen previous drafts that were exchanged without agreement.
Both the acting president of the Government and his second vice president have met repeatedly outside the negotiating teams to promote an agreement that both finished outlining this Monday, with the reduction of the working day as one of the main obstacles.