With the pressure of
at record levels and the forecast that the greatest cost of the decision will fall on public accounts, the Government will meet this Tuesday at the
with representatives of the trade unions and the business chambers to define the
increase of the minimum
, vital and mobile salary that is located at $ 69,500.
is focused on establishing an increase in the salary floor in line with the 60% guideline that the Minister of Economy, Sergio Massa, intends to enshrine in the private sector parities, although for now with little success.
The Government's strategy is explained by the circumstance that
the greater effect of the increase will have to be borne by the public accounts
It is that the increase in the floor has a direct impact on the financing of the Potenciar Trabajo plans (the program for which around 1.3 million people earn the equivalent of half the minimum wage), updates the amount of 1.2 millions of pensioners who receive the minimum salary and retired with 30 or more years of effective contributions, and increases unemployment benefits and other assistance plans.
Sergio Massa aspires to consecrate a guideline of 60% in parities, although the unions are already going for greater increases.
For formal private activity, on the other hand, the effect of the increase in the minimum wage is very limited: less than 300,000 workers outside the agreement will benefit from the measure.
Although, for the informal sector of the economy, it usually works as the main reference for updating salaries.
Since last November, in parallel to ruling on the last increase in the salary floor, the Government launched a plan to try to unhook the increase in Potenciar from the evolution of the minimum wage and activated the formation of the so-called Popular Economy Council, so that That body is in charge of setting the amount of that benefit.
this brand new council will meet for the first time on March 31
(it had initially been convened for this Thursday and then postponed), although - due to the lack of specific legislation that enables it - it will not be able to advance in the definition of any increase.
pressure from the social movements
, both those aligned with the Casa Rosada and the leftist groups, which stood up against the possibility of a "decoupling" also put the official strategy on hold.
For this reason, despite the discomfort of trade unionists and businessmen who refuse to be part of a negotiation in which -they say- "the needs of the State prevail-, the definition of the Salary Council this Tuesday will once again be mediated by the position of the Government regarding the cost of raising social and retirement plans.
Piquetero organizations and leftist movements reject the reduction of social plans.
Photo Juano Tesone
Along these lines, if a 60% annual increase scheme is finally defined, the current salary floor would rise from $69,500 to a sum of
in stages and with a review clause.
In any case, the update would be far from the aspiration of the social movements and some union sectors such as the Autonomous CTA that
demand a salary floor equivalent to the amount of the basic food basket
for a typical family, which reached $177,063 in February.
Just this Monday, a CIFRA report warned that between last November -the month of the last meeting and increase ordered by the Council- and March the minimum wage accumulated a real reduction of more than 5%.
In relation to the basic food and poverty basket, the fall in the last four months is even greater since it would exceed 10%, according to the report.
In the November deliberations, the Salary Council agreed to a 20% increase in four tranches that were completed this month and which raised the salary floor to $69,500.
According to the official estimate with this adjustment, the year-on-year increase reached 110.5%.
With that improvement, the amount of the Boost plan has climbed up to $34,750 since March.
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The unions no longer believe in the inflation of Sergio Massa: they close short parities and with extras