Díaz again pressures the CEOE to return to the dialogue on wages
Yolanda Díaz, second vice president and Minister of Labor and Social Economy of the Government Spanish, has demanded that the CEOE return to the dialogue table with the unions because “we must raise wages and improve them substantially“In addition, it has announced that it will convene the table to increase the Minimum Interprofessional Salary (SMI) when the experts’ report is finished and the impact of inflation is known.
The vice-president has appeared at a press conference at the Palacio Euskalduna, along with Idoia Mendiathe second vice-lehendakari and Minister of Labor and Employment of the Basque Government and the EU Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, Nicholas Schmitwithin the framework of the Summit on Healthy Workplaces 2022.
During question time, they asked him why he has not made public the three research reports on the minimum wage (SMI), which have been known by some media outlets. The minister has assured that her Ministry “never” makes the reports public, which are addressed to make different decisions. “In the time that I have been, in all subjects, I have many reports because I surround myself with technical criteria and teaching around me”, he explained.
As he pointed out, “this is what normalnot in this Government, in the previous ones as well”. “I have requested, as in many other matters, also in the accident rate, many reports”, he continued, while regretting that “have leaked”. “It’s not my style, as you know,” she added.
That said, Yolanda Díaz has announced that she is going to summon the SMI Bureau “When the committee of experts culminate their scientific tasks”, which includes updating their calculations with salary income from 2022 and that gauge the impact of the increase in the SMI on poverty. After making this report public, plus the closure of the impact of inflation, he will convene the Dialogue Table to increase the minimum wage in Spain.
“I always work to reach an agreement, even if sometimes one loses positions. Therefore, I am going to sit at that table fulfilling with the Article 27 of the Workers’ Statute in our country, which says that the minimum wage in Spain will be revalued according to four factors: the first of them, inflation; the second, the share of salary income in the National rent; the third of them, productivity and the fourth, the economic situation of the moment “, she has listed. According to the minister,” with all these four interests that shows us an already old Spanish legislation of a text” that it also intends to reform. The Government “will take a final decision“.
Yolanda Día has taken advantage of the occasion to claim a rise in wages and remember that “the table of the AENC (Employment and Collective Bargaining Agreement)”, for which he has asked the social agents “to come back”. other subjects that are of great importance for the workers, the companies of our country. Okay, to return to it,” he claimed.
According to the vice president, the collective agreements signed “to date” in Spain “are far apart of those who, at these same dates had been registered” last year. “Therefore, yes, there is a blockage in the negotiation that prevents raising wages in our country, and I point out again that it is key code that, faced with such a strong blow from inflation and salary income, they see themselves substantially improved“, he indicated.
Electoral process in CEOE
On the other hand, he assured that he continues “with great attention” the electoral process that the Spanish employers carry out in the country, because in this type of act “they take key decisionsTherefore, “beyond wishing Mr. Garamendi luck”, he added that “he is following the debate of the CEOE with a lot of attention”.
Finally, he recalled that the Ministry of Labor keeps other dialogue tables open, that of labor practices in companies or that of training, and has warned that he does not get up from the table “Never“. “I never give up on anything ever,” he said.
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