The Government erased the increase in the minimum wage from its 2020 agenda, which does not mean that Pedro Sanchez has given up increasing this indicator. What the president has done is only to avoid the pressure of Podemos and not give him oxygen with a raise that is reserved for when it suits him, to guarantee himself the medal of a measure that has managed to further divide the coalition Executive.
This fracture was especially visible in this negotiation, in which the chief executive ended up, only publicly, aligning himself with the more technocratic members of his cabinet, such as Nadia Calvin O Jose Luis Escrivá, with its vice president Carmen Calvo and on the side of businessmen, supporters of the freeze. “The economic situation cannot be ignored” in this debate, said Sánchez, for which he proposed “to reassess the situation in the next semester to make the most correct decision In
In the same vein, the first vice president Carmen Calvo spoke, openly against the rise. “No,” he said sharply when asked after demanding that the supporters of the new increase look for a country that has raised the SMI by 29% in less than two years.
A concrete postponement and a clear message that, however, has not managed to diminish the intentions of the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, to fight for an increase of at least 0.9%, the percentage in which they have risen pensions and public salaries, the same one that Sánchez thinks to increase it. “It would be very worrying if employers could not afford 9 euros more a month,” he went on to say. The initial intention of Podemos was to bring the SMI from 950 euros per month to 1,000.
Sánchez relied on a rise agreement that started from social dialogue, but the positions have been irreconcilable. Employers assure that there is no room to negotiate on this issue because they do not see a feasible increase in the minimum wage with the “dramatic” economic situation that the country currently lives and in which there are many entrepreneurs who are on the edge. They have warned of serious consequences for employment, already very damaged by the pand Today
Today the SMI affects more than 1.5 million workers, mainly from the sectors most affected by the Covid. Three out of every four hired with the minimum wage work in the service sector, the most affected by the pandemic, where almost 1.2 million full-time employees are concentrated.
The unrest has also grown among the unions, who feel “betrayed” by the support of the socialist wing of the Government to the theses of the employer and insist that the increase in the minimum wage should reach, at least, 1,000 euros per month. CC.OO. and UGT they argue that this freeze cannot take place because the minimum wage affects mainly rural wage earners and the least qualified in services, “who are the worst treated by the crisis generated by the pandemic In Just the opposite that defends the employer, which understands that raising this reference now would give the finishing touch to SMEs and freelancers of the sectors most affected by Covi See9.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism