The Senate distances itself from Congress and will apply the 1.5% salary increase


The Senate Board has ratified that the 1.5% increase agreed for this year with the public service unions will be applied to senators. Unlike the Congress of Deputies, which has decided not to execute this first salary increase this year, in the Upper House the proposal has gone ahead thanks to the majority that make up PSOE and PNV. Both formations have voted in favor, against the rejection of the PP, as parliamentary sources have pointed out to Europa Press.

Specific, the PSOE has three representatives on the Senate Tablethe same as the PP, and the PNV has a member in this body, who is mainly the one who decides in the ties between the two big games. This has been the case with this measure, where the PNV senator has aligned himself with the three from the PSOE to carry out the 1.5% salary increase, while the PP has supported the increase for house staff but not for the parliamentarians.

However, in Congress the decision has been adopted with the votes of PP, Vox and two deputies from United We Canwhile the PSOE has abstained and the other representative of the confederal group, Gloria Elizo, has been left alone defending that the increase planned for civil servants be transferred to parliamentarians.

Salary increase of 1.5%

On September 29, both Houses approved their budgets for the year 2023, which included the forecast of raising the salary of parliamentarians the same as agreed for officials.

Later, the Ministry of Finance agreed with the Workers Commissions and the UGT a salary increase for public employees of 2.5% by 2023, which throughout the year may reach 3.5% if certain variables are met. The agreement also included applying this year a clause of compensation for the CPI in the form of a 1.5% increase. In total, 4% of the current salary, with the option to reach 5%.

However, the formation of the Tables in Congress and in the Senate are differentsince in the Upper House there are groups like Vox and United We Can that do not have representation, while there are parties like the PNV that have the key to certain votes.

According to sources from the Bureau, the PP has been left alone in the Senate, maintaining its refusal to apply the salary increase to parliamentarians, although it was in favor of applying it to houseworkers.

In any case, for deputies and senators the increase of 2.5% is maintained for 2023, which is included in the General State Budget project that has begun to be discussed this Wednesday in Congress.


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