Next meeting to upload the SMI. The second vice president and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, has stated this Monday that she will convene the dialogue table with the unions and the employers to address the rise in the minimum interprofessional salary (SMI) in "these days". "We are going to fulfill our government commitment," he pointed out to the media. In addition, Díaz has assured that he has "the slightest doubt" that the labor reform will go ahead in Congress.
The battle to raise wages in 2022 is served: employer resistance and runaway inflation
Vice President Díaz has not referred to the moment from which the increase in the minimum wage would come into force, although she considers as the first measure that kicks off his legislative agenda this year. The unions demanded last week that the Ministry of Labor convene this consultation to raise the SMI, now at 965 euros per month, and that it be applied with effect from January 1.
In CCOO and UGT they reiterate that the Executive agreed with them in the last rise of the SMI, in september 2021, that the rise of 2022 would take place from the beginning of the year. According to the unions, the Government also agreed with the workers' representatives that the minimum wage would reach 1,000 euros this year, although the amount was not set in writing. In the Executive they always limit themselves to pointing out that the coalition's commitment is to place the SMI at 60% at the end of the legislature, in 2023.
Asked about the messages from employers who are reluctant to raise the minimum wage, Yolanda Díaz stated that "working families are the ones who are suffering the most" at the moment. "I am sure that the Spanish employers understand that you have to be empathic with those who suffer the most, people with very moderate salaries and that they must be improved," she added.
The Minister of Labor has claimed that the increase in the SMI is "the most effective tool to tackle working poverty" and has stressed that it is not only "good for workers", but also "for the economy".
The labor reform "will go ahead"
Regarding the labor reform, Yolanda Díaz has affirmed that the contacts with the parliamentary forces continue to carry out the legislation in Congress and she has added emphatically: "I have not the slightest doubt that the reform will go ahead, it would not make sense not to it was so."
The legislation, agreed with the social agents in what supposes a historical agreement, has not yet garnered the support of coalition partners. The Minister of Labor has insisted on the message that the Government and the unions are reiterating these days: "For the first time, workers recover their rights", contrary to what has happened in the latest labor reforms.
Díaz has defended that the reform "is going to change people's lives, above all in the recovery of negotiating capacity, improve wages and, without a doubt, address temporality."
Foment also asks not to change "not a comma"
On the employers' side, this Monday the leader of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, reiterated that the agreed labor reform must go ahead "without changes". In this sense, the adherence to this claim by Foment, the Catalan employers' association, is relevant, since the organization distanced itself from the tripartite agreement with an abstention in the internal vote of the employers' association.
The president of Foment, Josep Sánchez Llibre, stated this Monday in an interview that he will try not to modify "not one comma" of what was agreed, for which he has asked that the rule not be processed as a bill. The Catalan businessman has pointed out that he will try to speak with the parliamentary groups so that there is no modification. Among the formations that resist giving the go-ahead to the legislation is CKD.
Antonio Garamendi has argued this Monday that the reform is "good for the country" and gives "a lot of stability" and social peace. On the position of the PP against the tripartite agreement, the Basque businessman has denied this Monday that there is any "roughness" or "problem" due to his "legitimate" position.
"I respect the position of the PP. But we have signed what we have signed (...). We have done the work we had to do," the business leader assured at the entrance to an act, as reported by Europa Press. In addition, he has pointed out that the legislation is born from those who "in the end have to pull the cart", that is, from employers and workers.