The technicians gathered by Díaz demand that the minimum wage be raised by at least 1.3% in 2021

The technical commission to decide the increase in the minimum interprofessional salary (SMI), which today stands at 950 euros in 14 payments, is clear: it has to raise yes or yes in 2021. At least 1.3%, about 12 euros as confirmed by its president, Inmaculada Cebrián, this Friday.

The body handles three scenarios for 2021: a minimum increase of 12 euros, an intermediate increase of 15 euros (a rise of 1.6%) and a maximum of 19 euros (2%). Each scenario is planned in anticipation of how much the average salary may rise in Spain until 2023.

As indicated by Vice President Yolanda Díaz, with this report, the raising of the SMI will now be negotiated “after consultation with the Social Dialogue interlocutors.”

This commission, which was established at the end of January, has carried out a technical analysis to establish the route that the SMI should follow until reaching, at the end of the legislature, 60% of the average salary in Spain, a goal to which the Government has committed and which is also the one established by the European Social Charter.

According to a draft published this week, which was not yet final, the Committee of Experts recommends that the SMI rise between 2021 and 2023 between 6.5% and 10.2%, which would mean passing in those three years from the current 950 euros per month at an amount between 1,012 euros and 1,047 euros in 14 payments. This would mean raising it between 62 and 97 euros to place the SMI at 60% of the average salary.

The CCOO and UGT unions, which are part of this Commission, believe “appropriate” the technical analysis carried out by the experts in relation to how to calculate 60% of the average salary and which is based on the Salary Structure Survey published by the National Institute of Statistics.

In a statement released this week, the trade union organizations urged the government to reopen the social dialogue table “immediately” to address the rise in the minimum wage this year “without further delaying the decision.”

The Government was awaiting the conclusions of the experts to bring this matter to the social dialogue, although in recent days several members of the Executive, such as the president, Pedro Sánchez; The Second Vice President, Nadia Calviño, and the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, have made it clear that, although they will fulfill the commitment to bring the SMI to 60% of the average salary by 2023, the main thing now is not to adopt measures that could harm the employment creation.

The Executive suspended the rise in the SMI for this year, freezing it at 950 euros per month, waiting for the economic recovery and employment. Now, with the conclusions of the experts in hand, you will have to decide whether this year to start increasing it, as the unions are asking, or if you leave the increases that will take you to 60% of the average salary for the years 2022 and 2023.

For now, the second vice president has indicated this morning that no decision has been made within the Government and that she has not discussed the issue with the third vice president and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz.

Seven academics, three members of the Government and two union representatives are part of the SMI expert commission, since the representatives of CEOE and Cepyme decided to leave this commission days after its constitution, considering that it “distorted” the social dialogue.

On the part of academic professionals, members of this Commission are the president of the CES and professor of Economic Policy at the University of Barcelona Antón Costas; Professor of Economics at the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH) Olga Cantó; the former associate professor of the Carlos III University of Madrid José Ignacio Pérez Infante; the professor of Applied Economics at the University of Salamanca Rafael Muñoz de Bustillo; the professor of Economics of the UAH Inmaculada Cebrián López; Sara de la Rica, Professor of Economics at the University of the Basque Country, and Gemma Galdón Clavell, member of the Department of Sociology at the University of Barcelona.

On the part of the unions, this group of experts includes María Jesús Cedrún (UGT) and Carlos Martín (CCOO), while on behalf of the Government are Manuel Lago (Ministry of Labor and Social Economy), César Veloso (Ministry of Finance) and Carlos Corps Caballero (Ministry of Economic Affairs and for Digital Transformation).

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