Madrid, Sep 21 (EFE).- The First Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calviño, this Wednesday communicated to social agents the government’s desire to promote the income pact again, for which it will integrate ” different elements”, among them the increase in the minimum interprofessional wage (SMI).

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

In statements to the media, Calviño assured that during his meeting with representatives of employers and trade unions, he confirmed their unanimous desire to “reactivate dialogue” and “reach agreements” in this area.

“The social workers showed a positive disposition to speak, to be able to move forward. We are going to do everything possible so that this agreement can be reached, with government decisions such as the increase in the SMI”, said Calviño.

At the meeting, he added, the parties offered to “clarify the index and the content of the income agreement”, in which “an important role will be played by the increase in the SMI or the salary officials”.

Although he did not specify the increase he will propose to social agents, he stressed that the SMI “is one of the fundamental elements” because more and more “citizens receive the minimum wage and, therefore, therefore, the decisions have an impact on the lowest salary levels.

Regarding the salaries of civil servants, he indicated that this decision fell to the Ministry of Finance and did not wish to comment on a negotiation which “is in progress”.

Unions call for SMI to rise with 2022 inflation

The CCOO and UGT unions have demanded that the SMI rise in line with 2022 inflation “because these are living wages” that cannot bear the cost of an energy crisis that has sent prices soaring.

The general secretaries of the UGT and CCOO
The general secretaries of the UGT and CCOO, Pepe Álvarez (d) and Unai Sordo, in an archive image. EFE/Fernando Alvarado

On the income pact, CCOO General Secretary Unai Sordo insisted that it must include other things beyond wage moderation, as it is not possible to think about exiting of the crisis “with the old inertia of wage devaluation.

Sordo and the UGT’s assistant general secretary for trade union policy, Mariano Hoya, called on the CEOE to sit down again at the collective bargaining table with the desire to deal with the salary review clauses, because it does not there will be no fair outcome to the crisis if workers end up losing “6 or 7 points of purchasing power” this year.

Hoya is convinced that in government there is a prevailing view that wages must rise, because if workers do not have purchasing power, the economy will eventually suffer.

However, he believes there is a need for the executive to also consider other measures to curb corporate margins or dampen rising mortgage prices after interest rates rise.

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