The third vice president of the Government and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, has asked this Monday the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the rest of the Executive members to have “the same courage” with the minimum interprofessional salary (SMI) that with the pardons to the independence prisoners and this same year this minimum income is raised.
My position is known. A progressive government must look out for the weakest, “said the minister, who added that it is not so important how much the SMI rises this year, as whether it rises, since its recipients, who are outside the collective agreement, are losing purchasing power with a CPI of 2.7% and with about Gasoline and electricity prices “keep going up”.
Díaz, in statements to RNE collected by Europa Press, has not wanted to reveal the content of the meeting he has held with Sánchez to talk about the SMI, but has made it clear that linking the loss of jobs with the increase in the minimum wage «is a huge mistake “and” pure ideology. “
“The data have shown the opposite (…) The same courage that we had in the Government with the deployment of pardons now has to be with people who are having a hard time. In 2023 we will not be judged by pardons. We are going to be judged by the people who are suffering and that is where we have to be », he stressed.
The vice president recalled that the salaries agreed upon in the agreement are rising between 1.5% and 1.8% and that it “hurts” that SMI recipients are losing purchasing power because “they are the ones most in need”. help them.
“We have raised it for pensioners, we have raised it for public employees (…) We cannot compete with a wage policy that is inappropriate for a relevant economy. Let’s be consistent, practically all EU countries have raised wages in this crisis, “insisted the Vice President.
The minister, who has said that she will summon the social agents to talk about this issue, has also added that this issue of the SMI is also “a factor of social tension” because it is “unfair”, since it is not about workers with good collective agreements Rather than workers who constitute “the weakest link” in the chain.
New extension of the ERTE
In addition, the vice president has guaranteed that “without a doubt” the temporary employment regulation files (ERTE) will be extended beyond September if necessary because “it makes no sense to drop” this system now.
Díaz believes that the effects of the pandemic on el international tourism “unfortunately” they will make necessary a new extension of the ERTE and has indicated that before the end of September the Government and social agents will meet again “to give certainty” to companies and workers.
“I hope I can say that it is not necessary, but if necessary it will be deployed and hopefully I can appear to say that it is the last extension,” said the minister, who recalled that in the labor market reform that is being discussed with the agents A structural mechanism is going to be implemented that will act in a similar way to the pandemic ERTEs to avoid layoffs in companies.
Regarding the unemployment and affiliation data, the minister has indicated that “these days continue on the same path” as in June and that “They allow a glimpse of some economic recovery”. “We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. They are still worrying in structural terms, but we have an unemployment rate that is lower than the entire historical series with the biggest crisis in the world ”, he emphasized.
Although the trend is positive, he recalled that August is traditionally a bad month for employment. In any case, the vice president has insisted that this crisis has shown that the protection policies deployed by the Government have made it possible to return to pre-pandemic figures “almost in record time”, in contrast to the austerity policies carried out by the PP in the financial crisis and with which it took “ten years and eleven months” to get out of the crisis.
Regarding the tax reform, the vice president has denounced that although the Corporation Tax is similar to the European tax, the bonuses that are applied in Spain to companies mean that “hopefully”, with a rate of 15%, they end up being taxed at 3% or at 1%, a “huge gap that amounts to billions of euros.”
«It is not about paying more taxes, but about knowing who pays. We already know that workers pay taxes (…) You have to do pedagogy with public revenues, “said the vice president who, when asked if there will be tax measures in the 2022 Budgets, has referred to the negotiation between the PSOE and United We Can. «We are going to work on the Budget. I am optimistic. It has to be an ambitious budget, which addresses minimum and non-contributory pensions. Let’s see what happens in the negotiation, “he added.