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The internal division of the Government blocks the rise of the SMI

The open dispute within the Government for the increase in the Minimum Professional Salary (SMI) will remain open for another week as the Government has not decided what to do with a view to 2021. The Ministry of Labor has convened this afternoon to social agents to the second meeting in seven days without transferring any specific proposal about what you want to do, if you upload it as the minister intends Yolanda Díaz or freeze it, as defended by the head of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calvin.

The decision on what to do with the SMI -currently at 950 euros- is made by the Council of Ministers, which instructs the person in charge of Labor to consult the measure with the social agents and then raise it through the Delegated Affairs Committee Economic to the weekly meeting of the Government. The first consultation meeting took place on Monday of last week, with Yolanda DÃaz’s notice that the Government was in favor of raising the SMI. JoaquÃn PÃ © rez Rey, Secretary of State for Labor, appeared at the meeting with the social agents without a specific proposal for a raise. It was enough for the entrepreneurs to confirm that will not support an increase in this indicator in 2021 because inflation will be negative and GDP will decline by a double digit figure. The unions were upset that, following DÃaz’s announcement, PÃ © rez Rey did not put a figure on the table and they publicly asked him to provide it at today’s meeting.

But Work maintains its silence. The reason is none other than, beyond its consequences on the economy and directly on 1.5 million workers who receive this salary from the companies where they are employed, the SMI has become a confrontation between the Minister of Labor and Vice President Nadia Calvià ± o, who has gone on to publicly defend the opposite of DÃaz. This very morning DÃaz has asked for an increase of 9 euros in the SMI, equivalent to 0.9% that the salary of civil servants has risen. Calvià ± o has not entered into a debate and through the media has responded that the current moment does not advise that decision and that the rise could be resumed later. In the last week the Vice President of Economic Affairs has been supported by the First Vice President Carmen Calvo and by the President of the Government himself, Pedro Sánchez.

Thus, with the Government engrossed in its own debate, the social agents who are consulted attend the meetings like stone guests. Their messages are also opposite and reinforce the two contestants. The employers, who have already signed six agreements with the person in charge of Labor, are not willing this time to accept an increase in the SMI. Calvià ± o supports them and this morning has pointed out to DÃaz that, if he does not obtain his vote in favor of the rise in the SMI, your vice presidency will find no reason to defend a raise.

For their part, the unions consider that what at first seemed a salvageable opposition from Calvià ± oa to their demands has become a more difficult obstacle to overcome. In the first meeting with Pà © rez Rey, the UGT asked for an increase of 5% in the SMI and CCOO for 1.5%. After the disappointment of not seeing the Government committed to an increase figure, the UGT negotiator, Gonzalo Pino, demanded that Work show him a number already this week and warned that a freeze proposal like the one defended by Calvià ± o will have his rejection.

So, to this day It seems impossible for DÃaz to achieve support from the social agents for his proposal on the SMI, that after two meetings it is unknown at the social dialogue table. How this disagreement will affect the rest of the negotiations they have open on digital platforms, pensions, European funds … remains to be seen. It will be more difficult to rebuild relations in the Council of Ministers, wherever the decision is made, a member of the Government will be disallowed: DÃaz before the social agents or Calvià ±o as an authority on economic matters. The possibility of an intermediate point could come through the article that regulates the SMI in the Workers’ Statute, which establishes that, regardless of the SMI at the start of the year, “a semi-annual review will be set for in the event that the forecasts on the cited price index are not met “. In this way, a freeze could be agreed for a later review, although government sources considered this remote possibility yesterday.

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