Minister José Luis Escrivá has qualified his words yesterday about the “adjustment” that the pension of the baby boom generation could suffer with the new intergenerational equity index. He maintained this Friday that they are only “reflections out loud” and that the mechanism has yet to be defined and negotiated. After his words, the unions, but also the businessmen and members of United We Can, criticized that the person in charge of Social Security took a position on an issue that had not yet been debated or raised at the social dialogue table and when, in addition, it was he was signing the first pension pact in a decade that day.
The pension agreement overthrows the unilateral reform of the PP and hopes to delay retirements only with incentives
“I am a person who I tend to say that pensioners must be given certainty and that this reform does just that,” Minister Escrivá said this Friday at the press conference on the employment data for June. “Yesterday I did not have my best day and I probably did not adequately convey that certainty when talking about something that is yet to be defined,” he continued.
The minister has ensured that his words about the “small adjustment” for the retirement of the ‘baby boomers’, those born between the late 50s and mid-70s, were “misunderstood.” “They were reflections aloud of the intergenerational equity index that we will have to design and discuss in the coming months,” he pointed out.
Escrivá pointed out yesterday in a TVE interview these “reflections” on the index, by which he considered that the ‘baby boom’ generation will suffer a “moderate adjustment” in their retirement that could materialize in “different options”, such as a “small adjustment” in the amount of their pension or that they work “a little more” to retire, he pointed.
Asked about it, Vice President Yolanda Díaz and head of United We Can in the Government, has preferred not to say anything about it and has referred to the words of Minister Escrivá that the indicator is still to be negotiated. Yesterday, one of the spokespersons for United We Can in the Toledo Pact, Aina Vidal, criticized on Twitter that the minister took a position on this element.
A few words that made the agreement invisible
The minister’s specificity this Thursday about what he intended to do with the intergenerational equity index, something that he had not made explicit to date and that resulted in that “adjustment” in the retirement of the ‘baby boomers’, focused all eyes yesterday. And it was very surprising.
That same Thursday, a few hours later, the signature and the official act in Moncloa on the first social pension agreement in a decade was set, which put the tie to months of negotiations on the first block of the reform that the coalition government intends to undertake.
In the agreed package includes the repeal of the unilateral pension reform of the PP of 2013, incentives to delay the effective retirement age and some pending matters, such as the commitment that in three months all scholarship holders will be contributing to Social Security and that in six months they will be will design the equalization in access to early retirement between de facto couples and married couples, for example.
However, the minister’s words overshadowed the agreement and signing. The leaders of the social agents, instead of highlighting what was achieved in the first reform package, were forced to respond yesterday to these plans of the Ministry on the equity index, which they were unaware of and warned that negotiations had not yet begun .
Unai Sordo, the CCOO leader, pointed out that “any speculation” about the index “will respond to the idea of who makes it” and warned that, “of course, these messages presage an even more complex negotiation than is anticipated. “. For his part, Pepe Álvarez called it “nonsense” to talk about this issue without negotiating, reacted the secretary general of the UGT.
The businessmen, in an unusual maneuver, sent a statement in the afternoon in which they rejected the minister’s approach. “CEOE and CEPYME want to clarify that said claim is not part of the agreement reached nor is it shared.” “The definition of the new sustainability factor, replacing the current one, which has been subject to future negotiation, must be based on equity and intergenerational solidarity, avoiding, in any case, that the sustainability of the system falls only on some generations”, settle the businessmen, who in any case have highlighted these days the importance of agreeing on a new factor of sustainability.