MADRID, Dec. 9 (-) –
The general secretary of the General Union of Workers (UGT), Pepe Álvarez, has urged this Saturday that Nadia Calviño’s replacement at the head of the Ministry of Economic Affairs – whose name is still unknown – “complies with the government agreements coalition”, that is, that the increase in the Minimum Interprofessional Wage (SMI) is carried out, the working day is reduced and economic growth is consolidated.
“It is fundamentally about the SMI reaching those 1,200 euros or, what is the same, 60% of the average salary during the legislature; the 37.5-hour work week is implemented by 2024 and growth is consolidated with the effective management of the PERTE and the Next Generation funds of the European Union (EU) to update the economy,” Álvarez stated at the tribute events for the 98th anniversary of the death of Pablo Iglesias Posse, founder of the UGT and the PSOE.
Regarding the different positions regarding the SMI that they maintain with the employers – who asked to limit the increases to 3% until 2025 -, Álvarez has stressed that “in any case the SMI has to rise above the cost of living, by two reasons: one because the cost of living, in general, does not reflect the cost of living of people who earn the minimum and, on the other hand, because if we want to move towards that 60% of the average salary during the legislature, this year “We have to move forward a little bit.”
On the other hand, he has commented on taxation that taxes are the mechanism “to be able to distribute wealth, so that those who have little can have a little more and, in that sense, Spain needs to collect more because we need to have health services, education, which are the principles that make us equal”.