Díaz says that SMI will rise “in a relevant way” in 2023 and supports the unions in wage claims


The Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, has affirmed that the Government is going to raise the Interprofessional Minimum Wage (SMI) “in a relevant way by 2023” and has also supported the demands of the unions in the field wage.

In an act of the platform Sumar in Pamplona, ​​the minister has affirmed that in this matter the Government of Spain “only has one capacity, which is the setting of the SMI accepted in article 27 of the Workers’ Statute”. “Salaries in our country are set by the social agents and not by the Government of Spain, but as I have been advocating for a long time, and not only in my country, sometimes taking a lot of cake, although I think we have made a lot of progress, Spain has a huge problem precisely because of the low salaries we have”, he pointed out.

Díaz has assured that when they arrived at the Government the SMI was at 735 euros and now at a thousand euros. “I already anticipate that we are going to raise it significantly by 2023, but in what is not the responsibility of the Government, I also say, and here I want to absolutely support the unions that are defending the general interest, that we need to raise wages in our country, we need decent wages, that allow us to live with dignity, that collective bargaining be unblocked, that employers return to the table of the AENC, from which they rose on May 5, ”he said.

The vice president has insisted that “we need to correct an enormous deficiency that Spain has, and to speak of decent wages is to speak of people’s lives, that they can live in a house with dignity, that they can eat and practice healthy eating, it is talking about pensions and contributions that allow us to have a decent pension in the future, something that does not happen to millions of pensioners in our country”.

“Five million pensions in Spain are between 600 and 800 euros per month and I keep saying that with 800 euros or a thousand euros in Spain you cannot live with dignity, therefore, positive pedagogy must be done in favor of raising wages. in our country,” he said.