Updated on Friday, 10 September 2021 – 13:33
The vice president insists that “without a doubt”, in October, November and December there will already be a minimum wage higher than the current one “
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The Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Daz, said this Friday that she “gives priority” to the social agreement before the amounts in which the minimum interprofessional salary (SMI) should increase and has reproached the CEOE who does not want to negotiate.
“I feel very sad, because this table could have been a mere consultation and yet I wanted there to be social dialogue and there has been. But it is true that there is a part that has sat at that table without negotiating, that has said that it wants zero euros, that is, to freeze the SMI, and leaves the table saying that it wants zero euros. That is not negotiating, “the minister criticized, referring to the bosses.
The vice president, in statements to TVE collected by Europa Press, has considered “incomprehensible” that it is said from business organizations that now “it is not necessary to raise the minimum wage when Spain is in a” galloping crisis “before which it is necessary to help the weakest.
In spite of everything, he has assured that he will try to reach an agreement to raise the SMI “with the maximum number of interlocutors possible” and has indicated that, although there have been no formal calls from the table these days, “the amount of calls and negotiations “between the parties is being” infinite “.
In any case, he has stressed that the rise in the SMI will take place and also with immediate character and has said that, “without a doubt”, in October November and December there will already be a minimum wage higher than the current one.
Although he has considered it “unwise” to reveal the amount that is being traded, he has reiterated that the rise in the SMI will move in the “hairpins” that the committee of experts defined at the time created to analyze the path in which the minimum wage should be increased to reach 60% of the average wage at the end of the legislature.
The minister stressed that the rise in the SMI benefit 1.5 million people, especially young people and women. “The bulk of the salaried population is seeing their salaries revalued between 1.5% and 1.8% and it is not explained that those who need it most are left out of this revaluation,” he pointed out.
Daz has highlighted that the SMI is the “most important tool to fight against working poverty”, something that the Bank of Spain recognized in its last report on this minimum income, according to Daz. In fact, the minister has specified that the previous increases in the SMI have contributed to raising the lowest wage deciles.
In force “from the first day it is approved”
The Minister of Finance, Mara Jess Montero, assured in an interview in Servimedia that the rise in the SMI will be taken to the Council of Ministers “when there is an agreement” in the social dialogue and that “it will come into force precisely from the first day to be approved. “
The minister highlighted “the government’s commitment” to raising the SMI, noting that “it affects the most vulnerable groups of workers”, and that, therefore, “they have to benefit from this recovery.”
“Hopefully we can produce an agreement between unions and employers in which the Government will be a facilitator,” said Montero, who noted that “there have been more difficult times to reach an agreement and we have achieved eleven very good agreements within the framework of social dialogue.” .
For this reason, he advocated “letting unions and employers work these days” and that, “as soon as there is an agreement, it will be taken to the Council of Ministers and enter into force precisely from the first day it is approved. “
The debate on the rise of the SMI maintains in disagreement both the two formations that make up the coalition Government, PSOE and United We Can, as well as unions and businessmen.
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