UGT urges the Government to open the table to raise the minimum wage to 1,000 euros in 2022

The general secretary of the UGT, Pepe Álvarez, has urged the Government to convene the social agents to address the increase in the minimum interprofessional salary (SMI) to 1,000 euros in 2022, an increase that will benefit some four million workers.

In his traditional New Year’s information breakfast held this Wednesday, the union leader has assured that “he will not wait any longer” and that he hopes the Government will call them next week to raise the SMI to 1,000 euros from 1 January, as – he has said – committed last September and, if possible, agree to its rise to 1,063 euros by 2023.

“If someone has a strategy designed so that -the rise in the SMI- enters a way like last year and is not approved imminently to find the answer from UGT,” said lvarez, who has not even ruled out reaching some type mobilization, always in unity of action with CCOO.

The latest increases in the SMI “have not been a brake on employment but an element of dynamism,” he recalled, while also pointing to inflation “absolutely runaway” with which the Government “cannot look the other way.” rather, it must be transferred to wages.

For Álvarez, it is also key that the CEOE “agrees to establish the table as soon as possible to renew the agreement for employment and collective bargaining (AENC)”, the pact between employers and unions with recommendations on salary matters for the rest of the companies. collective bargaining tables.

“He has the opportunity to do it now, of his own free will, or else he will do it in a few months because the country is going to become a permanent focus of social conflict”

“He has the opportunity to do it now, of his own free will, or if he does not do it in a few months because the country is going to become a permanent focus of social conflict,” stressed lvarez, who has indicated that the salary increase should include the annual inflation (which is around 3%).

That demand for a rise, he said, will be more or less lax depending on whether the V AENC recovers the salary review clause that disappeared in the last agreements.

Labour reform

The UGT leader has valued the agreement reached by the unions with the Government and the employers for the labor reform, has trusted that the parliamentary groups validate the royal decree as it is and has asked, specifically to the PP, “coherence and sense of state “.

“How can it happen to someone that Parliament does not approve a labor reform that is agreed with unions and employers? It is surreal that this could happen,” exclaimed Álvarez who, however, has considered the possibility that it is processed as bill.

“It is a well thought out agreement, with many hours, very hard work. We do not think it necessary to introduce amendments, but I ask that in this process we be called so that an eventual change has the support of the social agents,” said Álvarez.

Regarding the criticisms of some groups about the limited scope of this reform, Álvarez recalled that it is a first part, which must be approved, to focus later on the second.

To this new negotiation, he said, the UGT will bring to the table the review of the causes of dismissal, the recovery of 45 days of compensation for those who are inadmissible and the need for prior administrative authorization in cases of collective dismissals.

Regarding pensions, whose second part of the reform should also begin to be addressed shortly, Álvarez has allowed an increase in the calculation period to calculate the pension to “not negotiate”: “There are ten red lines. There is no possibility of negotiating “.

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