Updated on Wednesday, 1 September 2021 – 13:55
The President of the Government, Pedro Snchez, has marked the path of negotiations by announcing an “immediate” rise in the indicator
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The political course has begun with controversy in the labor field on account of the Minimum Interprofessional Salary (SMI). The government, employers and unions have shown this Wednesday a tension that has been growing in recent days and in which the President of the Executive, Pedro Sánchez, has made his position clear: there will be an “immediate increase” in salaries this year despite the fact that the businessmen consider that “this is not the time” to do it.
This has been assured by the president of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, who has explained that “this is not the time because we have come from a horrible year and a half” due to the impact of the coronavirus and has warned that such a measure will have consequences in the labor market. “The only thing I will do is get a job,” he said in an interview on Telecinco.
In his opinion, this initiative by the Government does not have so much an economic sense as a “political” one, in reference to the tensions within the Executive itself, in which United Podemos has been pressing for a long time to review the SMI. “We are talking about politics and what we are hearing is quite populist“, Garamendi assured.
Pedro Sánchez’s statements tip the balance towards one of the parties to the negotiation, something that until now the Government had avoided. The Executive does not need consensus with the social agents to decree or not a change in the SMI, that is, it could raise it unilaterally, but until now it had been betting on keep the conciliatory tone taking into account that in the coming weeks they will also have to face the negotiations on ERTEs and on possible changes to the labor reform.
The statements by Sánchez and Garamendi occurred minutes before the scheduled meeting between the Second Vice President of Labor, Yolanda Daz, and representatives of the social agents to address the matter. The SMI is now at 950 euros per month and the Government has committed to reaching 60% of the average salary in this legislature.
The unions demand that the Executive establish a new rise from this month and the UGT has even put a figure to that rise. His Deputy Secretary General for Union Policy, Mariano Hoya, has raised a 25-euro increase, to 975 euros gross per month for this year, and to negotiate the increases for 2022 and 2023 with the aim of reaching the commitment set.
Hoya has brought this proposal to the social dialogue table that this Wednesday is held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Labor to discuss the rise in the SMI of 2021, as he has advanced before the meeting in statements to RNE.
“The evolution of the CPI throughout the year recommends a general increase in wages. There is no reason not to increase it this year and to leave the rise on track for 2022 and 2023”, he assured.
From the PP, however, they consider that it is not the moment and that the Executive “is mistaking the objective”, in the words of the sectorial vice-secretary of the Popular Party, Elvira Rodriguez.
“In Spain, we have a very serious employment problem, which is what we must solve. To me, the bombastic phrases of the minister saying that we have to restore justice are not worth to me, what we have to give is employment to the Spaniards who do not they have it (…). That is what we should work on and should be the goal of recovery, “he said.
Rodrguez alluded to the report published by the Bank of Spain at the beginning of June on the impact of the increase in the SMI to justify the opposition of his party and added that the rise will reduce the competitiveness of companies, which “will solve it by destroying employment.”
Companies, mainly small and medium-sized ones, They warn that a new rise in the SMI will add more pressure to their situation after Covid-19 and puts their future viability at risk. Organizations such as the ATA Autonomous Federation or experts such as the General Council of Economists (CGE) explain that an increase in the SMI will now mean raising the structural expenses that companies have to face, to which these weeks are added the increase in electricity, fuel and inflation.
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