Irene Montero’s eagerness to bring the reform of the abortion law to the next Council of Ministers is running into the reluctance that some of her measures are awakening in the socialist sector of the Government, such as the dismissal due to painful rules, which has generated a great social discussion.

This issue is currently being the subject of “discussion” within the Government and “negotiation” between the Ministry of Equality and the Ministry of Social Security. The Department of Montero proposes that painful periods are included in the catalog of causes of “temporary incapacity” for which a doctor can order sick leave for three days.

“It would be like a flu,” explain sources from the Ministry, which would require going to the health center. It would not be applicable for cases of discomfort, but when the period causes severe pain and associated symptoms such as headaches or fever.

The measure has generated debate within the Government and UGT has expressed its reluctance in case it could harm women in their jobs if they take three days off per month. All while negotiating between ministries.

The First Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calviño, has cast doubt on whether the proposal included in the draft bill will finally be accepted after warning that the Government “is not going to take any measure that stigmatizes women”.

“Let me repeat it clearly, this government believes in and is absolutely committed to gender equality and we will never adopt measures that could result in the stigmatization of women,” Calviño said in statements collected by Europa Press. In them, the number two of the Government has avoided expressly affirming if this drop supposes a stigmatization. Calviño has stated that this measure is being debated and that “many drafts” are being analyzed.

“Under discussion” have been the words used by his colleague José Luis Escrivá to refer to this matter that his department is now studying and negotiating with the team from the Ministry of Equality.

The Minister of Social Security has pointed out that they are seeking to “harmonize” two elements aimed at improving the situation of women, on the one hand, improving their protection and, on the other, promoting their participation in the labor market in “better conditions”. “We are working on that, but it is still in the internal process of discussion in the Government,” he has indicated.

In the midst of this, and asked about Calviño’s statements about the stigmatization of women for said leave, Yolanda Díaz has revealed the differences between the two sectors of the Government. “I think it stigmatizes not having enough sensitivity to understand that women and men are different and that the world of work is not neutral,” said the second vice president and Minister of Labor.

In this sense, he has warned that the current labor policy is “profoundly masculinized” and, therefore, has given his full support to the Equality proposal. “We must have a gender labor policy and this is it, with the singularities that we must have. Therefore, completely in favor”.

Painful menstruation also generates debate within the unions due to the implications it could have for women who are going to cause sick leave three days a month. UGT has significant reservations, while CCOO supports it.

In UGT they ask to address this issue within the framework of social dialogue because they consider that it is a “complex” issue and ask to avoid “stigmatizing women”.

For the secretary general of the CCOO, Unai Sordo, this loss would be “perfectly justified” if the pain disables women from working. “There is talk of sick leave not because of the fact of menstruating, but because a physiological fact produces disabling pain. It is perfectly justified, but I do not know the internals of the project,” he said.

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