The Ministry of Labor has summoned the unions and employers on September 1 to address the increase in the minimum interprofessional wage (SMI) for the end of this year. At the official level, the Government has not yet confirmed that it will approve the increase and continues to condition it to the persistence of the “good data” on employment, but within the Executive it is already taken for granted and is being negotiated internally. The key will lie in the amount of the increase for the final stretch of 2021, which will be discussed with the social agents.
Sources from the Ministry of Labor explain to this medium that the meeting will be of a “technical” nature, that is, it will not be led by Vice President Yolanda Díaz or by union leaders (Unai Sordo and Pepe Álvarez) and employers (Antonio Garamendi and Gerardo Cuerva), but for lower positions.
In principle, Labor will not come to the table with a proposal to raise the Government, they explain from the Ministry, but they will listen to the proposals of the unions and employers. The former are favorable to an increase that compensates for the rise in prices, very high in recent months. Among businessmen, the official discourse continues to be the “now it’s not time” at the beginning of the year, despite the improvement in employment and the boost in the economy forecast for the end of 2021.
The Second Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, has demanded since the beginning of 2021 that an increase in the minimum wage be agreed. On the other hand, the economic vice president, Nadia Calviño, and the president of the Government opted to delay the decision to the second half of the year due to “prudence” in the face of the crisis situation due to the pandemic, which they considered could hinder the recovery of jobs lost.
Come the summer, Calviño again delayed the decision until September, but now with a change of discourse thanks to the good progress of the employment data.
In Work they have not lost a day and have summoned the social agents on September 1. The CCOO and UGT unions have been insisting for months on the need to increase lower wages and, although they consider that a rise in September is already late, they demand at least that the Government approve it as soon as possible, now that the reluctant area of the Executive has agreed at the request of Yolanda Díaz.