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Yolanda Díaz adds Bernie Sanders to her cause

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Second Vice President and Secretary of Labor Yolanda Díaz during her meeting with Senator Bernie Sanders this Wednesday in Washington.Communication Office of the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy (Communication Office of the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy/EFE)

Yolanda Díaz joined Bernie Sanders this Wednesday morning in Washington. So it is clear from the story that Second Vice President and Secretary of Labor made his meeting with the Vermont senator a major benchmark for the left in the United States. “Since I’ve been a minister, I’ve had important meetings and this one reminded me of the one I had with the Pope, especially because of the immediate connection we had,” she told a group of Spanish correspondents at the end of a joint appearance with the Labor Minister Martin Walsh, with whom he signed a memorandum of understanding between the two countries on labor issues. “Sanders has been very impressed with the progress we have made in Spain on issues such as the law equestrian or remote work, and we both agreed to hold an immediate meeting with our teams to continue working together to expand democracy, protect human rights and further advance our common agendas,” added Díaz.

The veteran senator, who ran against current President Joe Biden in the Democratic primary, is the most prominent figure on Díaz’s “very busy agenda” during his US mini-tour, which includes stops in Washington and New York, where he has prioritized issues by workers and unions.

The other highlight of the visit is the meeting he has Thursday in New York with a rising star of the American left, Amazon worker Chris Smalls, who, along with Derrik Palmer, managed to get the employees of a tech company’s warehouse on Long Organizing Iceland into unions is not an easy task in the country of neoliberalism. Smalls has become one of the faces of a new union fighting for the rights of workers at big tech companies like Starbucks or Apple, some of which workers’ representatives will also meet with Díaz. “One of the great debates of our time is the need to strengthen unions, because that strengthens democracies. I know very well the trade union movement in Spain and in the world, and this new trend in the United States needs to be studied very carefully, even if the American and Spanish experiences are very different. The new realities require new forms of union relations and here we are already seeing them emerging,” he explained.

Regarding internal politics, Díaz also referred to the CIS poll published this Tuesday, which shows a victory for the PP over the PSOE by two points. “I appreciate polls because they reflect trends. The PP has grown and the space I represent [Unidas Podemos], also four points. It also speaks clearly that the right will not rise and will not rule in Spain. A new decade of progressivism is upon us. Add to [el proyecto político que presentó en Madrid el 8 pasado de junio] It’s a bet because it is, and to motivate people who, despite what they say, are keen to get involved in politics.

After his stopover at the Department of Labor, where he signed a comment aimed at, among other things, “enforcing minimum wage standards”, “empowering the voice of workers in the workplace” or “guaranteing their rights in the platform economy”, Díaz had planned to himself to meet with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (Minnesota), one of the most projected faces of the party’s left-most wing, which had just starred Tuesday alongside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in an act of civil disobedience for the verdict the Supreme Court against abortion rights, which ended in an arrest. Omar, a Muslim, is part of The Squad (the gang), a group of six representatives (five women, including Ocasio-Cortez, and one man) defending the most forward-thinking politics on Capitol Hill.

Díaz, who is due to meet members of the Spanish community in the capital this Wednesday evening, has an appointment at the UN headquarters on Friday and will also meet with Deborah Archer, President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) before returning to Madrid. , a reference organization in this country in the fight for civil rights.

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