Debate settled. The minimum interprofessional wage (SMI) will rise in September. The Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, recalled that Pedro Sánchez’s commitment is that the increase for 2021 occurs “immediately”, thus tilting the balance towards what the Second Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, has defended. to the position of Nadia Calviño, who pointed to October as the date from which the rise is reflected in the workers’ pockets.
Nadia Calviño postpones raising the minimum wage to October and opens another conflict with Labor
“It is a commitment of the president that this increase in the minimum wage in our country takes place immediately,” said Rodríguez, who has made it clear that the Government will make this decision regardless of the result of the conversations with unions and employers, although he has expressed that the “wish” of the Executive is for an agreement to be produced within the “social dialogue”.
Employers are opposed to the rise because they consider that it harms the companies while for the unions the Government’s proposal to raise it between twelve and 19 euros – in line with what the experts’ report establishes – is insufficient. With these positions, the meetings between the Ministry of Labor, the employers and the centrals ended without agreement, although contacts are maintained.
Rodríguez recalled, in any case, that the Government’s commitment is that the minimum wage reaches 60% of the average salary when the legislature ends.