United We can seem to have to wait, at least until the return of summer, to see if one of the decisions that causes the most differences in the Government is executed or postponed: the increase in the minimum interprofessional wage (SMI). Nadia Calviño has cooled Yolanda Díaz’s expectations on Tuesday to approve her increase as soon as possible, even if it is slight, taking advantage of the strong rebound in the economy that all indicators predict. “We are in a time of high uncertainty, our priority is to promote economic recovery and job creation. We are going to see how the labor market continues to evolve and, as soon as we can, return to the path of the minimum wage ”, declared this Tuesday the Second Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation. Calviño already imposed his perspective at the beginning of the year, when the then vice president Pablo Iglesias urged to raise the SMI. Currently it is 950 euros in 14 payments.
The commitment of the two souls of the Executive is that the SMI equates to 60% of the average salary when the legislature ends. The differences arise in the roadmap, with the PSOE more tempered than United We Can. The Third Vice President and Minister of Labor this week demanded the Government “the same courage” in this salary increase as demonstrated with the granting of pardons to the leaders of the you process sentenced to prison terms for sedition and embezzlement. But the pressure from Díaz, with arguments that range from the good data on the reactivation of employment to the 2.7% increase in the CPI and the rise in the electricity or gasoline bill, do not convince the Ministry of Economy. “We are going to see how the labor market evolves in the second part of the year and how the social dialogue evolves knowing that the entire Government is committed to the minimum wage,” Calviño reiterated in the subsequent appearance before the Council of Ministers. The last decision will be made by Pedro Sánchez.
In the socialist wing of the Executive, they deny that this issue divides the two coalition partners, and categorically rejects that it is a reason for conflict, but they are inclined to give themselves more margin to avoid the least turbulence in the recovery after the health, economic coup. and social caused by the pandemic. The proposal of a team of experts summoned by Work recommends raising the SMI between 12 and 24 euros this year, from 24 to 40 next year and approving a rise of between 25 and 40 euros in 2023. “We are committed without pause to the improving working conditions and raising the minimum wage. And with responsibility so that all the decisions we make are made to promote economic recovery and growth, ”Calviño concluded.