Updated on Tuesday, 28 September 2021 – 22:54
The United We Can and the PSOE pact on pensions and the reform that Escriv is preparing generate tension in the Government. The Minister of Social Security today excused the reprimand of his partner Yolanda Daz, assuring that he reacted without knowing what he had spoken about.
The Second Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Daz, the Government Spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, and the Minister of Social Security, Jos Luis Escriv, after the Council of Ministers.JJ GuillnEFE
The United We Can and PSOE pact on pensions and the reform that Escriv is preparing for next November 15 generate tension in the Government. “It is evident that some of the reactions of the last days have been manifested without knowing what he had said, it is evident,” lamented the Minister of Social Security.
Jyou Luis Escriv has responded this way when, in the press conference after the Council of Ministers that approved the rise of the SMI and the fifth extension of the ERTE, he was asked if he felt unauthorized by members of his Government in the controversy that followed his statements on the cultural deficiencies of the Spanish pension system. His opinion that Spain requires a cultural change to be able to work more between 55 and 74 years was answered harshly by his colleague, Vice President Yolanda Daz, who from a few days in Santander asked him to be “prudent and cautious” when talking about a matter as sensitive as pensions, precisely the competence of Escriv.
The Minister of Social Security has shown restraint in the act after the Council of Ministers although he has been asked on several occasions about Daz’s reprimand. But if your tone has been moderate, the message has been more direct: Daz spoke without knowing what he had actually said.
“We do not propose to change the retirement age. I have the impression that very few have read the interview,” he pointed out in reference to the statements in which Daz stepped out. “Sure we all have to be more cautious “, has concluded, using the same terms as the vice president.
Daz, for his part, has preferred to divert the focus to the sphere of the coalition government and its pacts. “The minister has been clear, next Thursday – in the vote in the Congress of the reform that eliminates the sustainability factor and replaces it with the revaluation of pensions with the CPI- we will be complying with the Government’s agreement with the repeal of the law of 2012. The Government of Spain is complying: let’s be cautious in everything we do and say, I’ll keep the session next Thursday, “he indicated.
The tone of both members of the Government has been far from being that of those who celebrate the agreement reached yesterday with the social agents to extend ERTE for the fifth time. This time, the validity of the scheme will be extended for five months, until February 28, 2022 and will put the accent on promoting the training of workers who are in this labor situation that is not of activity but is not unemployment.
After reaching a point last weekend where both employers and unions took for granted that, dDue to the demands of Minister Escriv, the proposal will not be supported of the Government, Social Security opened its hand and offered higher exemptions to companies that do training while Labor lengthened throughout 2022 the so-called counter to zero, that is, the shielding of unemployment collection rights for workers affected by ERTE .
In this way, the Government has the endorsement of the social agents for which it will most likely be the last extension of some schemes that since their launch in March 2020 will last for two years having covered up to 3.5 million workers at a cost of more than 40,000 million euros.
Vice President Daz also celebrated that the Government agreed yesterday to increase the SMI by 1.6%, a decision for which she has been advocating since December of last year and which has cost her constant clashes with the head of Government Economic Affairs, Nadia calvio. “We came out of the crisis by raising wages,” he summarized. The rise in the SMI in 2021 does not have the support of businessmen and, within two months. Within two months, Daz must inform you again about the increase it proposes for 2022.
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