At not to everything With which Pablo Casado has started the political course, an ingredient was missing: the increase in the Minimum Interprofessional Salary (SMI). Up to now. The Popular Party distributed this Tuesday among its public and organic positions the usual argumentation that includes the prefabricated slogans in the central headquarters of Madrid so that they are repeated by the different spokespersons when they have the opportunity. On the menu of the day, the rejection of the increase in the SMI that the Second Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, negotiates with unions and employers with the support of the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and which will be approved “immediately”, with or without the agreement of the employers.
Labor insists on raising the minimum wage since September 1 and will continue to negotiate with social agents
The PP actually assumes the CEOE’s arguments in its document for internal consumption and justifies its rejection with some “contraindications of an economic and labor nature” that are not explained in the short paragraph that dictates the slogan to be followed with the SMI. “It is very risky to increase costs to companies at a time when our economy needs to gain competitiveness,” says the argument, which concludes that the rise in the indicator, which is part of the coalition government agreement, “responds to the Sánchez’s propaganda campaign and self-promotion. ”
Casado thus follows in the wake of the employer’s association, which this week rejected the rise in the SMI for the last four-month period of 2021 on the grounds that “this is not the time.” “With this rise there may be fewer people entering employment (…). With which it is falling, it is a very delicate moment and you have to be careful with what you touch,” said the CEOE president, Antonio Garamendi.
The business leader has assumed in first person the rejection of the measure promoted by the Ministry of Labor after having negotiated, and accepted, the increases in the SMI of 2019 and 2020, which placed the indicator from 735.9 euros in 2018 in the current 950. At the end of 2020 Pedro Sánchez opted to freeze the SMI for this year, as defended by the economic vice president, Nadia Calviño. But the second vice president obtained an extension to review it after a committee of experts issued an opinion on the matter. The objective of the Executive is to reach 60% of the average salary at the end of the legislature, which, according to these experts, would place it in a range between 1,011 and 1,049 euros per month. For the remainder of 2021, the idea of Work is for it to rise between 1.3% and 2%, no more than 20 euros per month.
An unaffordable rise for businessmen, who today use the same arguments they used in the middle of the pandemic, at the end of 2020, with GDP in free fall and unemployment data runaway. But the August unemployment registered its biggest drop since there are records, with 82,583 fewer unemployed. The data of workers in ERTE also continues to fall. And the economy of Spain is growing above the European average.
If Casado tiptoed through the 2020 SMI rise – after he said in 2019 that his idea was to place the indicator at 850 euros, when it was already at 900 – this time he does not seem to want to do it. “What you have to do is create jobs,” says the PP in its argument, ignoring that the number of affiliates to Social Security already exceeds the pre-ndemic levels, “and stop the rise in electricity, since it affects inflation and in the shopping cart “, concludes the document.
This same Tuesday, in an interview in The Spanish, the secretary of Economy of the PP responded on the SMI: “It is not the moment. We continue having a very important unemployment situation and the minimum wage has risen a lot in the last two years. It can be held.” Again the arguments of the CEOE, where the former Minister of Labor with Mariano Rajoy, Fátima Báñez, presides over a foundation.
The national spokesperson also responded to journalists about the SMI. José Luis Martínez Almeida positioned himself against the economic policy of the Executive. “The problem is not the climb [del SMI] or not, but government policy, “he said.
However, the slogan has not had an excessive journey in the different public appearances of leaders of the PP. Except for the Madrid president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, who has passed Casado on the right. The leader, who aspires to take control of the PP in Madrid, accompanied her head of ranks to an event organized by the New Economy Forum on Tuesday morning. Later, he attended the opening ceremony of the course at the Carlos III University. There he doubted that the increases in the SMI are “useful” and affirmed that they can “destroy employment”, reports Europa Press.
“According to the results of other increases and by reports from independent organizations, such as the Bank of Spain, this above all it does is pulverize employment, especially youth, and destroy small and medium-sized companies, which are the majority in Spain, “said the Madrid president, alluding to a report from the Spanish banking regulator. However, it eluded others such as the Survey of Living Conditions for 2020 prepared by the National Institute of Statistics and which ensures that the rise in the SMI reduced inequality and poverty rates at work.
Ayuso settled: “So far it has not been shown that they are useful. It is not a question of citizens earning more. More than that, it is important what effects it has.” Nobody else in the PP spoke of the SMI after the Madrid president.