Public officials on alert: opposition parliamentarians and ANEF condemn Piñera’s “obstructionist” veto on the labor protection project

As “unacceptable”, “shameful” and a reflection of an “obstructionist” attitude, they have cataloged the opposition and the National Association of Tax Employees (ANEF) the Government’s decision to send a presidential veto to the project that establishes labor protection, an initiative passed into law by the Senate on August 18.

This is the fourth veto entered by the Government since March on a project dispatched by Congress and this time it points to the heart of a legislation that seeks to guarantee the defense of the rights of workers in the public and municipal sectors, which is of direct benefit of more than 350 thousand public employees.

According to the President of the ANEF, José Pérez Debelli, “This delaying veto against fundamental rights ignores the democratic deliberation in Congress” and with this attitude “once again the Government has demonstrated its undemocratic attitude and its detachment from the resolutions of the Congress.”

Several opposition parliamentarians have joined the claim of public officials. From the bench of deputies and deputies of the Party for Democracy (PPD) they issued a public statement in which they expressed their “total and absolute disagreement.” “Once again, the Government of President Piñera challenges the results obtained in the processing of bills in both Chambers that directly benefit the workers and the most vulnerable people in our country, as happened with the project that prohibited the cutting of basic services given the health crisis and the implementation of a new specialized protection system for children and adolescents ”, they recall.

According to the PPD bench, “the attitude of the current government has been obstructionist with the democratic will manifested in parliament, which is evident since the Executive did not participate during the processing of the project, being able to do so.”

Meanwhile, the President of the Senate Labor Commission, Juan Pablo Letelier (PS), He was “surprised” with the decision of the Executive. “We will study your proposal. However, the Government should not have the slightest doubt that a veto that violates the rights acquired by workers in the public and municipal sectors will not have the votes of the Senate to reverse the gains they have achieved, ”he warned.

According to the information from the Government, the veto seeks to replace one of the articles approved and another to suppress it “with the objective that this procedure is applicable in the clearest and most consistent way possible to public officials.”

“Arbitrary discrimination”

From now on, the deputy PS Gastón Saavedra – a member of the House Labor Commission – announced his vote against the veto and classified as “unacceptable that the Government again slam the door on workers.”

“It is regrettable that the Government insists on falling into this arbitrary discrimination towards public employees. We do not understand why the government of President Piñera insists on leaving those who day by day support the work of the State helpless and unstable. It really is shameful.” , said

According to Letelier, the project safeguards the rights of workers “in particular when there are changes in local or national governments, as it often lends itself to arbitrary abuse and dismissal of people because they think differently or because they responded before to another leadership.”

For the PPD bench, “it is inexplicable the way in which President Piñera enters into a dispute with public workers, who are the ones who execute government programs day by day and have been a fundamental pillar of the State in the context of the pandemic that hits us. Today is when a robust protection of labor rights is most needed and our bench of deputies understands this, so that Public Administration officials can count on our full and unconditional support in processing the veto ” .

As explained by the president of the ANEF, the law vetoed by Piñera “is a modern mechanism that implies having spaces of judicial protection in the face of a situation that today we understand continues to be postponed” and ultimately what the veto seeks is to leave them “in the absolute judicial defenselessness in the face of abuses and the discretion of the authorities of the current governments. This veto confirms that the defense of work and labor rights are not a priority for the Government, and it prefers to veto, rather than allow the democratic deliberative exercise of Congress ”.

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