The debate on the new rise in the interprofessional minimum wage that the Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, has put on the table for the last third of the year is beginning to take shape, and it seems that the socialist wing of the Executive will not enter incite the mobilizations against the bosses as the leader of the purple formation in the Council of Ministers has done. This same Monday, his colleague and Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá, distanced himself from these statements and simply advocated maintaining the roadmap marked out in the legislature agreement to address a rise in the SMI to reach 60%. According to the latest statistics handled by the Government, this objective would imply taking the minimum wage up to 1,048 euros monthly in 2023.
In this sense, when Escrivá was asked himself in an interview on 'Cuatro' about whether he supported Díaz's position in the face of the mobilizations that are expected from the UGT and CC. OO. against the CEOE to demand higher wage increases in this year of runaway inflation, the Social Security Minister wanted to emphasize the importance of the agreement at the social dialogue table, both with employers and unions, in order to promote a consensual revaluation.
“On the SMI, we took a serious step forward during this legislature and that gives certainty,” said Minister Escrivá during the interview. Although the head of Social Security also distanced himself from the Minister of Labor by assuring that the level of the rise would be determined by the studies of the committee of experts that the Government created to evaluate the evolution of the SMI.
«We are approaching the end of the legislature and it is a commitment to reach 60% of the average salary. The committee of experts is the one that will say how much remains to reach that goal in the next rise«, which will be the last before reaching that proportion, as confirmed by Escrivá. Thus, the minister did not want to join the latest statements in which Díaz assured that the rise in the SMI to 1,048 euros per month would fall short and would seek to exceed that amount.
Along these lines, the president of the Association of Self-Employed Workers (ATA), Lorenzo Amor, accused the vice president Yolanda Díaz of having a “very little constructive” speech after this Monday she once again expressed her support for the mobilizations of the unions against the bosses to raise wages.
«Instead of seeking dialogue, consensus and social peace, he goes back to at the head of the mobilizations a member of the Government. He has said it clearly, that he supports the mobilizations against the businessmen, against the bosses. It is very unconstructive«, Amor pointed out in statements to 'TVE'.
No signs of recession
Also asked about the bad omens that mark the economic discourse for the coming months, Escrivá disdained the recession drums that some analysts and economists already assume. "The reasonable thing is to say that the economic situation is complex and uncertain," acknowledges Escrivá. However, the minister gives very few possibilities to the withdrawal.
"In order to go to worse scenarios, situations that are now unlikely would have to occur," explains the minister, pointing out that a possible cut in Russian gas in winter and a scenario of energy rationing could compromise the behavior of Spanish GDP in the coming years. months, and assuring that analyzing from this extreme is "little rigorous" and "catastrophic".