The Second Vice President and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, has warned this Friday, in reference to the CEOE, that “whoever says that today it is not necessary to raise the Minimum Interprofessional Salary (SMI) to the” most vulnerable “workers. explain to society “why it is agreeing” to higher wage increases for workers who already have “better working conditions”.
Díaz, who has participated in Vitoria-Gasteiz in an act of the Alava employers’ association SEA, has referred in this way to the statements made last Wednesday by the president of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE), Antonio Garamendi, who stated that now “it is not time” to adopt a measure such as the increase in the SMI that the central government plans to approve in a short period of time.
The Minister of Labor, who has reaffirmed her commitment to social dialogue with employers and unions, explained that the current one is “the prelude to negotiation” of the rise in the SMI, for which a dialogue table has already been convened to next monday . In any case, and regardless of the result of the negotiations with businessmen and unions, he has assured that the Government will increase the SMI “promptly”, as announced by the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez .
“Who today says that it does not touch, has to explain why it is agreeing better wages for workers in better conditions”
“It is difficult to understand in our country today, in terms of economic recovery and employment, not to defend a rise in the SMI, when collective agreements are currently revaluing wages between 1.5 and 1.8%,” he said.
Díaz has warned that “whoever opposes a lower rise in the one and a half million most vulnerable workers has to explain it to Spanish society.” “Who today says that it is not necessary [to raise the SMI], has to explain why they are agreeing to better wages for workers in better conditions,” he added.
The minister has reaffirmed the Government’s intention to approve “immediately” the increase in the minimum wage. However, he has refused to speak of a specific deadline for applying this measure . In this sense, he explained that he knows “how the working groups and dialogue work”, and pointed out that “the Government’s vocation is to reach an agreemen