First meeting of the committee of experts from the Ministry of Labor to draw up the rise in the Interprofessional Minimum Wage for next year. The first meeting, held this Friday, has ended without figures or objectives being ventured in the face of a rise that will be marked by the evolution of inflation. The second vice-president, Yolanda Díaz, assured after the meeting that the appointment was marked by the assignment of two jobs for this committee: to mark the path of increases for 2023 and to analyze the impact that the SMI has on poverty and inequality.
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Thus, a commission is set up that will have to draw up a figure that, later, will be taken to social dialogue with unions and employers. Labor has raised a margin of just over two months for this report to be presented, as Diaz has pointed out. The minister has avoided advancing what will be the amount that will finally be applied from January. Although, she has given as an example the increases that are being considered in other European countries so that the SMI conforms to the "exceptional" situation. Thus, she has pointed to a 15% increase in Germany, 12% in Belgium, 10% in the Netherlands or 9.7% in Greece.
“After this task, we will raise the SMI next year”, Díaz emphasized. The vice-president has recalled that in the past the Government has followed the indications that the team of experts has proposed. "It is a sign of respect that the decisions they make are taken into account, although there may be nuances," she added.
With no news in the SMI, Díaz has once again turned his gaze to the employers. The CEOE has sent this Friday an assessment of the unemployment data in which he has addressed the disagreements that he currently has with the Executive. Thus, he has defended that "the CEOE has never left any table." The Minister of Labor, who already raised the tone against Antonio Garamendi last week, has assured that "it is evidence that the bosses rose on May 5."
Thus, he has once again called on the CEOE to return to the table and "reach an agreement with the unions." “What the unions are asking for are reasonable revaluations in several years,” said Díaz, who last week gave his support to the protests that the unions plan to call in the coming months to demand a salary increase. "There is a blockage in the negotiations of the agreements, few are being renewed," he pointed out during the press conference.
The CEOE added in its statement that "it would be desirable to generate a favorable environment from the institutions" to reach an agreement. To do this, in a veiled assertion towards Díaz, they point out that "social conflict should be avoided and statements favoring tension should be made." “It is obviously pernicious for the evolution of the economy, in general, and of employment in particular”, they have remarked. The vice-president added in response to these words that “what stresses Spanish society is not making ends meet and having a loss of purchasing power”.
The vice president has advanced, in another order of things, that next Tuesday she will take to Congress the reform of the law so that domestic workers have the right to unemployment benefits, after the community justice punished Spain for understanding that it was produced discrimination against this group. "It is a rule of special relevance that affects mostly women whose rights were being violated," said Díaz. "It is a rule of enormous significance because it serves for social equality", she has emphasized.