The Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, criticized this Friday that, despite having been present at the talks, the employer’s association did not even want to negotiate the increase in the minimum wage for 2021. This was denounced by Díaz in an interview in La Hora de La 1, in which he accused the CEOE of having “sat down without negotiating” and having been the only actor in the conversations – in which the Government and unions also participated – that he refused to make flexible your position.
The vice president hardened the tone against the bosses after, last Monday, the formal negotiations to agree a rise in the minimum wage with the social agents this same year ended without an agreement. Despite the fact that Labor has maintained informal contacts with employers and unions throughout the week, employers have not moved from their rejection to an increase that, they understand, puts the vigor of the economic recovery at risk. Not even pressure from all sectors of the Executive -including the most orthodox- has made the CEOE change its mind.
For this reason, Díaz admitted this Friday to feel “sadness” before a negotiation that, according to what he came to say, has not been such with the employer’s association. “These days, despite the fact that there are no meetings, the number of steps we have made is infinite,” said the vice president, who nevertheless denounced that “one party has sat down [to the talks] without negotiating : they began by saying [that they wanted a raise of] zero euros, and they have been saying zero euros: that is not negotiating. ”
For this reason, Díaz pointed out that he continues to seek an agreement “with the greatest number of social partners possible”, and assured that the minimum wage will rise even if the employer does not want to because “in a galloping crisis like the one we have, we must help the most vulnerable “. In this sense, the unions have opened the door to moderate their requests for an increase for 2021 if that serves for the CEOE to join the pact, but they have also warned that, if that does not happen, they will maintain their initial approach that the salary Minimum must go up between 25 and 30 euros.
The Minister of Labor did not want to detail the amount that is being debated raising the minimum wage. But the truth is that the Government is betting on a somewhat lower increase, between 12 and 19 euros per month, which is the amount proposed by the committee of independent experts recruited by the Executive itself to design the path to increase the minimum wage. Díaz, in this sense, praised both that group and its proposals, which in any case contemplate that the minimum wage in 2023 reaches an amount of between 1,011 and 1,049 euros per month.
Likewise, the vice president wanted to make it clear that the ERTEs derived from the Covid-19 crisis will be extended before their current configuration expires on September 30. “There will be an extension for the sectors and workers who need it,” Diaz promised, confirming that the Government, employers and unions will meet next Thursday to start this negotiation but refused to offer details about the changes that Work is betting on for this new extension.