The Ministry of Labor is finalizing an agreement with the unions to raise the interprofessional minimum wage in 2021. It is not yet closed, union sources insist, but it seems that it will be in the next few hours. The increase for these last months of the year, from September 1, will be 15 euros per month. The SMI would thus stand at 965 euros per month in 14 payments, without the endorsement of the entrepreneurs, who have refused to agree to any increase. The last fringes to close the pact consist of how the commitment to increase in 2022 is reflected, indicate from the unions.
The negotiation on the minimum wage is complicated with the eye towards the increase of 2022
The increase of 15 euros per month is located in an intermediate point of the recommendation of the committee of experts on the minimum wage, which elaborated for the Executive several paths of increase of the SMI for the coming years in order to place it at 60% of the median salary in 2023, your legislature commitment. The group of specialists recommended for 2021 an increase between 12 and 19 euros per month.
After many internal differences on whether to raise the SMI in 2021 and when to do it, with the resistance of the economic Vice-presidency and the push from the Ministry of Labor, finally the coalition Executive seems to be betting on an intermediate increase for the remainder of the year. The increase committed to unions would be applied retroactively from September 1.
The last stumbling block: the rise in 2022
But there is still a fringe to close for the Government to get the support of the unions, insist from CCOO and UGT. How the commitment to raise the SMI in 2022 is reflected, which the trade union centrals demand that it reaches 1,000 euros on January 1.