The political and communication management of the Government is re-installed on the table with the dispute over the reduction of working hours, where they have collided in front of the executive’s proposal for flexibility and the p PC Member Camila Vallejo, already approved in the Lower House Labour Committee. Although La Moneda tried to take back control of the agenda with the announcement on Thursday of modifications to its original project, now establishing 41 hours per week, in the ranks of Chile Vamos la balance is critical.
«This has been politically mishandled, mishandled in communication,» Evópoli DEPUTY Luciano Cruz-Coke said as RN President Mario Desbordes focused on the government’s delay in taking the lead. «On Monday we asked the Executive on the political committee to put urgency to our project, to highlight its virtues and we will be late until Thursday. Obviously things are not walking at the speed that circumstances warrant and therefore in terms of communication is a negative week for the Executive, it was reacted late and we will raise that monday to the Executive in the political committee,» the executive said Deputy.
Desbordes’ words are key, considering that in the ranks of RN the «rebellion» was felt with the management of the Executive. Senator Manuel José Ossandón asked the Government to open up to discuss Camila Vallejo’s project, while deputies such as Gonzalo Fuenzalida and Francesca Muñoz plainly folded themselves to the PROPOSAL of the parliamentary PC.
Desbordes defended the right of his parliamentarians «to have a different opinion, because this is not a regiment», but his bet is for congressmen to ultimately square themselves with the government project. «I imagine that after the Executive introduced (yesterday) modifications to his own project and therefore, there is also progress in terms of reduction of time, all the parliamentarians of Chile We are going to approve the project of the Executive and I suppose that will happen now.»
One of the researchers on this issue, Ximena Ossandón, insisted today on Radio Duna that «I like Camila Vallejo’s project», but noted that «it will be improved with the ingredients of the Government». «I like mixing the two projects,» he added.
Finally, in the Government they bet that the ranks will be ordered within Chile Vamos. «All the parliamentarians in Chile Vamos who have supported the reduction of the day have said that they want it flexibly, because otherwise it is to put a straitjacket to the worker,» insisted Labor Minister Nicolas Monckeberg.
«Our project has 100 items»
The Executive’s strategy has now been to seek differentiation with Camila Vallejo’s 40-hour project. Undersecretary Fernando Arab insisted on Radio Duna that «the Vallejo’s project of flexibility has nothing, ours establishes adaptive days», while Minister Monckeberg put the focus on the executive’s proposal being more complete. «Our project has 100 items and Vallejo’s only two,» he said. «Let’s level up the debate, please,» MeA Lap Vallejo replied on Twitter.
In Radio DNA, the PC MP explained why, in her view, the Government’s proposal is not satisfactory. «It’s not that workers, under the government’s proposal, are going to be guaranteed a maximum of 41 hours a week. There may be weeks that you work more than 45 hours a week to make up for it later with a discharge,» he said.
He also pointed to the word «average» introduced by the Government. «When you set an average you can’t guarantee a cap. You will have workers with more than 41 hours a week and, in addition, in busy days of 4×3 and, in addition, it does not contemplate the delivery time and the preparation time as part of the day,» he added.
Moreover, he insisted that what the Government proposes is impractical. «It is almost impossible for a worker to impose his distribution of working hours. Welcome to be flexibility through collective bargaining,» he concluded.
Meanwhile, the Unitary Workers’ Central (CUT) called for a march against the government project next Wednesday, August 21.