The Secretary of State for Employment and Social Economy, Joaquín Pérez Rey, has affirmed this Wednesday that the Government has not abandoned the idea of raising the Minimum Interprofessional Salary (SMI) this year.
This was stated at the press conference to present the data on Social Security affiliation and registered unemployment for the month of May, where he pointed out that the commission of experts could give its opinion on what the SMI level should be at what throughout this month.
It has also indicated that the commission will say “what is the growth path” of the minimum wage to converge with international and European standards and with what is established in the European social charter, which, “by the way, Spain has already ratified in its revised version.”
Pérez Rey has affirmed that the Executive is waiting for the final conclusions of the expert commission, “who has done an extraordinary job with a very important level of scientific rigor.”
“It has taken a lot of time and analysis, not exactly simple and that are approached for the first time“, has highlighted the Secretary of State.
Last January, the Ministry of Labor constituted a group of experts made up of members of the Government, representatives of social agents and academic professionals that will determine the route for the progressive increase of the minimum interprofessional salary (SMI) until reaching, at the end of legislature, the 60% of the average salary in Spain.
This group of experts, which is named Advisory Commission of the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy In terms of SMI, it will establish the most appropriate path of raising the SMI in 2021, 2022 and 2023 to reach that goal of 60% of the average salary, set out both in the coalition Government agreement and in the European Social Charter.
This commission was constituted by the Secretary of State for Employment, Joaquín Pérez Rey, and it includes seven academic experts, three members of the Government and four representatives, in total, from CCOO, UGT, CEOE and Cepyme.
Specifically, on the part of academic professionals, The president of the CES and professor of Economic Policy at the University of Barcelona Antón Costas are on this Commission; Professor of Economics at the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH) Olga Cantó; the former associate professor of the Carlos III University of Madrid José Ignacio Pérez Infante; the professor of Applied Economics at the University of Salamanca Rafael Muñoz de Bustillo; the professor of Economics of the UAH Inmaculada Cebrián López; Sara de la Rica, Professor of Economics at the University of the Basque Country, and Gemma Galdón Clavell, member of the Department of Sociology at the University of Barcelona.
On the part of the social agents This group of experts includes María Jesús Cedrún (UGT), Carlos Martín (CCOO), Edita Pereira (CEOE) and Luis Aribayos (Cepyme), while representing the Government are Manuel Lago (Ministry of Labor and Social Economy), César Veloso (Ministry of Finance) and Carlos Corps Caballero (Ministry of Economic Affairs and for Digital Transformation).
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