The increase in the minimum interprofessional wage (SMI) is expected to be approved on September 28. The Government will not bring to the Council of Ministers tomorrow, September 21, the rise in the lowest salaries, since the royal decree is still in the prior process of a public hearing. The forecast is to give the green light to the increase in the SMI the following week, on the day that concludes this consultative step, government sources explain.
Entrepreneurs already know what happens when they do not negotiate with the Government
The Government spokesperson and Minister of Territorial Policy, Isabel Rodríguez, has already affirmed today in an interview that this increase in the SMI of 15 euros is not on the agenda of the Council of Ministers this Tuesday.
Executive sources explain that the intention is for the salary increase to go to the Council of Ministers next week, although they explain that it is not yet fully closed. The agreement of Labor and the unions states that the increase in the SMI will be applied retroactively from “September 1”.
The Europa Press agency collects, citing government sources, that the idea is that the increase in the SMI is approved together with the extension of the temporary employment regulation files (ERTE), whose current scheme ends on September 30.
However, in past extensions of the ERTE the social partners have negotiated until the last minute, which forced in the last extension to enable an extraordinary Council of Ministers to give the green light to the extension.
The government minimizes internal differences
The Government spokeswoman stressed this Monday that this rise in the SMI represents a “very important” advance and has pointed out, in relation to the differences between the first and second vice-presidents, Nadia Calviño and Yolanda Díaz, that she understands that ” fill hours of gathering “, but that the Government thinks, above all, of the well-being of the citizens.
“It seems that we are not talking about anyone, with those acronyms of SMI, but we are talking about many women and young people who are marked by these precarious wages (…) They are precarious workers and it is a priority of the Government to serve them and recover their dignity salary “, stressed Rodríguez, who recalled that the objective is for the SMI to reach 60% of the average salary at the end of the legislature.
The agreement of the Ministry of Labor and the unions, after the employers refused to negotiate an increase for the final stretch of the year, includes this commitment, which is intended to be achieved through its “progressive review” in 2022 and 2023. This mention of a hike in 2022 was important for unions, who want the minimum wage to be € 1,000 early next year.