With eight votes in favour, four against and one abstention, the Labor Commission of the Chamber of Deputies approved the idea of legislating the government’s pension reform.
The Minister of Finance, Mario Marcel, was satisfied with the result and, in addition, referred to the actions of the representatives of Chile Vamos in the commission. In that instance, the opposition parliamentarians rejected the idea of legislating.
“Today’s signals were not very clear, many contradictions, saying that you are in favor of a pension reform, and at the same time voting against it, suggesting that it has to be financed with an increase in VAT… In short, today Many curious ideas arose today, but we believe that once we can enter into a more detailed discussion, we may have more realistic proposals, and above all, they will improve the project”, Marcel said.
Consulted regarding the alleged vetoes of the Executive in pension matters, the head of the Treasury indicated that there are no such limitations, and that they are open to dialogue.
“It has not been the Executive or the government parties that have put red lines in this. I would say that the only key issue for the Executive is to maintain the integrity of the reform, not tear it apart, but beyond that, we are fully willing to discuss all the issues that are contained in it,” said the minister.
The Minister of Labor, Jeannette Jara, was also present at the vote and denied the existence of vetoes: “We are fully available to make proposals, receive them, and discuss them with an eye on the main objective, which is to reform the system so that he gets out of the extreme, and so that the amount of pensions improves substantially, ”said Jara.
The discussion of the pension reform will resume in March with the formation of a committee of experts, which in turn will generate a series of indications for the project. This was explained by the Minister of Labor: “We have accepted the proposal made by the president of the Labor Commission, Deputy Alberto Undurraga, in order to confirm a technical team that allows us to work faster.”
The idea, according to Jara, is “to speed up this process, because, first of all, the pension reform is a big project. It is moderate in its content, but great technically speaking, and it will require significant legislative time. Secondly, we have been behind for many years on this issue, which we have not been able to resolve, so we call on all deputies to make an effort and we can move forward, ”he said.
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