OE 2021: Increase of 20 euros in the minimum wage on the table

António Costa's executive proposal to increase the minimum wage may be 15 euros less than it was last year, a measure that does not please the Left Block that asks for 35 euros growth, nor the PCP that suggests an increase of 215 euros.

António Costa | Cristina Bernardo

The proposals between the Government and the left parties to define measures for the State Budget continue and one of the topics on the table is the increase of the minimum wage, whose proposal of the State is of an increase of 20 euros, advanced the Espresso this Thursday, October 1st.

The amount suggested by the Government is different from that suggested by the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) and Bloco de Esquerda (BE). According to Expresso, on the left, the blockers advocate an increase from 35 euros to 670 euros and the communists propose that the minimum wage go from 635 euros to 850, plus 215 euros. D recall that the last increase in the minimum income of workers in Portugal rose last year by 35 euros.

On Wednesday, September 30, one of the 46 measures put forward by the PCP from the Assembly of the Republic was the widespread increase in wages, a measure that "requires a broader commitment," explained Communist deputy João Oliveira, according to with the Lusa agency.

The value of the minimum wage increase remains to be seen, but it has still generated some controversy. On September 23, during a parliamentary debate on the “Strategic Vision for the Portuguese Economic Recovery Plan 2030-2030”, the leader of the PCP, Jerónimo de Sousa he pointed out that “the country's development and the response to the crisis demand an increase in wages, namely the national minimum wage. They demand the valorization of workers' rights, they demand combating the deregulation of working hours ”.

In the same debate, the president of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Rui Rio he stressed that he was always in favor of “raising the national minimum wage in a context in which unemployment is low and in which the economy is growing, but at the moment in which unemployment is huge, the economy is falling and in which we have a great sanitary uncertainty, especially when inflation is zero or negative ”.

Taking into account the economic instability, Rui Rio questioned the Government: “what is the Government's objective in increasing the national minimum wage?” and recalled that “when a PS government, chaired by engineer Sócrates, increased civil servants by 2,9% without being able to do so, and then had to cut by 5, 6, 7 and 10% of those same salaries” .

On September 27, Ana Gomes gave her opinion on the subject in her comment space on “SIC” and recalled the proposal by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen of “creating the European framework for a minimum wage ”. "This is because there are countries with different regimes, there are countries without minimum wages, there are countries with minimum wages that depend a lot on collective bargaining," said the presidential candidate.

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