The Government approved on Tuesday the bill for the first leg of the pension reform that it wants to undertake and that has the support of social agents, both employers and unions. But the Executive does not have a guaranteed majority in Congress to carry out the law. Some of his parliamentary allies have already expressed their doubts about the meaning of the vote when the rule reaches the Plenary. Faced with the risk of embarking on the Courts, Pedro Sánchez has demanded this Thursday the PP to vote in favor of the proposal.
“I ask the opposition to abandon the tension and join forces by voting in favor of this important agreement for the pensions of today and tomorrow,” said the Prime Minister after visiting a nursing home in Navalmoral de la Mata (Cáceres) together with the Extremadura president, Guillermo Fernández Vara.
“If we agree that we have to reinforce social dialogue, that we have to revalue pensions in accordance with the CPI and guarantee the present and future sustainability of pensions, all groups must be in agreement,” Sánchez said in a institutional statement without questions.
The President of the Government has emphasized the support of CEOE, CC OO and UGT to the proposed reform, after a tough negotiation in the social dialogue. The agreement was signed on July 1 in a ceremony at the Palacio de la Moncloa in which the social agents congratulated themselves on the tenth social pact of the legislature. Of course, they warned that the conversations for the next two sections of the dialogue on Social Security will be much more complicated.
The main measures of this first reform package could be divided into two large groups. In the first place, the repeal of the key aspects of the PP Government’s pension legislation: the pension revaluation index (IRP), which limited its annual rise to 0.25%, and the so-called sustainability factor, which will be replaced by a new “intergenerational equity” mechanism, which has yet to be negotiated.
Second, another group of measures seeks to delay the effective age at which the population retires to bring it closer to the legal age. The Ministry of Social Security and social agents have agreed on a series of incentives for this, such as making it difficult to retire by agreement, trying to delay voluntary early retirements for at least a few months through new disincentives, and rewarding those who decide to work more financially. beyond the legal retirement age, among others.
Sánchez’s announcement coincides with the official call by the Ministry of Labor of the social dialogue table to address the path of the increase in the SMI in the remainder of the legislature, including the increase for the remainder of 2021, as elDiario.es advanced on Wednesday. The second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, will lead these conversations. At the moment it has not transpired what will be the amount that Labor will propose for this year, but ministry sources indicate that the figure will be within the margins proposed by the committee of experts that issued its report last June.