Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Madrid, September 21 (EFE).- First Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calvino, communicated this Wednesday to social agents that the government wants to promote the income agreement again, for which it will include “different elements”, among them, the minimum Interprofessional Salary Increment (SMI).

First Vice President of Government, Nadia Calvino, yesterday at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Madrid. EFE/Javier Lopez

In a statement to the media, Calvino assured that in his meetings with employers and union representatives he confirmed their unanimous desire to “reactivate dialogue” and “reach an agreement” in this area.

“The social agents have shown a positive attitude to speak, to be able to move forward. We are going to do everything possible to reach this agreement with the government decision like the increase of SMI,” said Calvino.

At the meeting, he added, the parties proposed to “identify the indicators and content of the income agreement,” where “an important role will be played by the SMI or civil servants’ salary increase.”

Although he did not specify the increase he would propose to social agents, he noted that SMI is “one of the fundamental elements” because more “citizens are receiving the minimum wage and, therefore, decisions have an impact on the minimum wage level.”

On officials’ salaries, he indicated that the decision was the responsibility of the finance ministry and did not want to comment on a discussion that was “in progress”.

Unions call for SMI to rise in line with inflation in 2022

The CCOO and UGT unions have claimed that SMI 2022 will increase by the same amount as inflation “because they are living wages” that cannot afford the costs of an energy crisis that has sent prices skyrocketing.

General Secretaries of UGT and CCOO
Pepe Alvarez (D) and Unai Sordo, general secretaries of the UGT and CCWO, in a file photo. EFE/Fernando Alvarado

In the income agreement, the general secretary of the CCOO, Unai Sordo, stressed that it must include other things beyond the moderation of wages, because it is not possible to think about getting out of this crisis “with the old inertia. Wage devaluation.

Both Sordo and the UGT’s Deputy Secretary General for Trade Union Policy, Mariano Hoa, have called on CEOE to sit down for collective bargaining again with the intention of addressing the salary review clauses, as there will be no fair way out. Crisis if workers lose “6 or 7 points of purchasing power” this year.

Hoa is convinced that the prevailing opinion in government is that wages should be raised, as the economy will suffer if workers lack purchasing power.

However, he believes the executive needs to study other measures to curb business margins or reduce the rise in mortgage prices after interest rate hikes.

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