They threaten to harden their positions in the social dialogue if they do not open the table to negotiate the path of raising the SMI for this year and the following
Shortly after the declarations of the vice presidents on the interprofessional minimum wage (SMI), the unions mobilized in the street under the slogan ‘Now it is time’ to demand that the Government raise the minimum wage this year and to urge it to repeal the labor reform of the PP.
Despite the fact that these protests have been held monthly since last February, they wanted yesterday’s concentration to have a greater significance and, as the CEOE did last week with the labor reform, they issued an ultimatum to the Executive regarding the minimum wage: either they raise it or they toughen their positions. This is what the UGT secretary general, Pepe Álvarez, warned in front of the headquarters of the Bank of Spain: “I want to warn the Government very clearly: if we continue with this situation, we have to rethink hardening social dialogue.”
Álvarez advised the Executive that they cannot pretend that the union organizations sit down to negotiate only when he wants. “It is not the Government that says only what needs to be arranged or not. And I think we have the authority to demand that this table be opened, that negotiation process be opened because the SMI affects the weakest sectors of society, “he said.
The UGT leader was critical of Calviño. “I have the feeling that the first vice president herself talks to herself and answers,” he said. Álvarez recalled that the Minister of Economy promised to rethink the rise in the minimum wage in July based on how the economy was. «The economy is going like a shot. What has to happen to raise wages? “He reflected.
Along these lines, the confederal secretary of Public Policies of CC OO, Carlos Bravo, stressed that “no one has the capacity to veto” and directly called on the president to put an end to “any internal disagreement within the Government and fully comply with the commitments of the coalition government and with this legislature.