Unions and employers rule out that the pension reform is ready on time
Unions and businessmen fear that the pending issues of the pension reform that the Government promised to have ready before the end of the year will be done on time, and they have reproached to the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, his lack of dialogue and proposals. Those pending aspects are the modification of the calculation period (with the more than likely increase in the number of years worked that computes when setting the pension) or the increase in the maximum contribution bases. And to them could be added a change in partial and active retirement.
The secretary of Public Policies and Social Protection of the CCOO, Carlos Bravo, has warned that pending issues for this year are “very complex” and the times are tight. For her part, the Secretary for Institutional Policy and Territorial Policies of the UGT, Cristina Estévez, has criticized the lack of detailed proposals and has pointed out that the last formal meeting of the pension table was held on September 12. “They will be working in the Ministry but not with us,” Estévez ironized.
Within the framework of a debate organized by ’65 y Más’, the head of the Social Security and Equality areas of the CEOE, Olimpia del Águila, acknowledged that they have “no proposals or papers on the table” to make progress on these two issues that were pending from the first block of the pension reform. “We found out about many things through the press,” the general secretary of Cepyme, Luis Aribayos, has also criticized.
Escrivá, convinced that the promised milestones will be fulfilled
The reactions of the social agents have taken place after, in his initial intervention, Escrivá assured that Work is already under way on these points, milestones committed to with Brussels, and it will be confident that they will be fulfilled this year. Thus, he has insisted that the maximum pension in Spain is relatively low and that work is being done so that it is increased in a “gradual and smooth way” equivalent to the maximum contribution.
And as for the calculation period, he stressed that this period will be combined with the improvement of the listing gaps and the possibility of eliminating the worst years. “By combining these three elements, we will provide a solution that responds to the recommendation of the Toledo Pact”, he added. In this sense, the Minister of Inclusion has pointed out that there are currently almost two million affiliates over 60 years of age and that their activity rate has been increasing in recent years, although there is still room for improvement.
Thus, it has pointed out that the activity rate has increased 7 points since the pandemic to 54% between 60 and 64 years old and 3 points to 10% between 65 and 69 years old. Escrivá has defended that all the reforms already agreed upon and implemented seek to provide certainty in an “increasingly uncertain” environment and has highlighted the importance of ensuring the purchasing power of pensions
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