Yolanda Díaz will rush the deadline to agree on the increase in the minimum wage

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The vice president will negotiate the figure at the social dialogue table after receiving the experts' conclusions at the end of the year, but confirms that "there will be a rise"

Edurne Martinez

The minimum wage (SMI) in Spain will rise in 2023, but until the end of the year it will not be known to what extent. Yolanda Díaz met this Friday with the advisory commission for the analysis of the SMI to indicate that in her work they analyze what impact the increases have on poverty and inequality.

Despite the fact that a few days ago he indicated that the increase would be "beyond the path" of 60% of the minimum wage -as they have committed to with Brussels-, on this occasion he ruled out talking about figures and waiting for the conclusions of the committee of experts. Moreover, once the Ministry of Labor has these conclusions -for which they have been given "approximately two and a half months"-, the social dialogue table will be convened so that the rise in the SMI is "what as consensual as possible.

Thus, the experts must make their proposal known in mid-November, after knowing the average annual inflation that is taken into account to revalue pensions in which they will also take into account, among other issues, the most up-to-date statistical data on the average salary than those of his previous proposal made in June 2021, which indicated that 60% of the average salary in Spain next year would amount to 1,049 euros per month in 14 payments.

"I will listen to the commission and the social agents before giving a figure," the minister stressed to the media. Díaz highlighted the increases in the minimum wage that have been established in the countries around us, with 15% in Germany, Belgium between 12% and 14% or France with three increases in a single year due to the effects of high inflation. .

The SMI rose in 2022 to 1,000 euros gross per month in 14 payments, with the Government's commitment to place it at 60% of the national average salary in 2023, a figure that the commission will have to propose also taking into account the current situation. In its June 2021 report, the group of experts proposed three scenarios in which the highest rise would place the SMI at 1,049 euros gross in 2023.

Tension with employers

In addition, regarding the open confrontation with the employers' association after positioning themselves in favor of the mobilizations that the unions are preparing for the rise in wages, the minister assured that "what stresses society is not reaching the end of the month and having a marked loss of purchasing power'. Díaz recalled that the CEOE left the negotiating table on May 5 and now "they have to be able to reach a salary agreement."

In his opinion, the only thing the unions are doing is "defending the general interest" and he once again asked the employers to "sit down and negotiate for the good of the country." "The CEOE has always risen to the occasion and now it should also have its sights high," the minister said.

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