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Four blows of Sanchez's effect in eight days: SMI, pensions, officials and gender budgets


"There will be time to make announcements," said the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, last week, when asked about when the measures that should follow

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"There will be time to make announcements," said the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, last week, when asked about when the measures that should follow the increase in pensions he has just applied would come. And although he added that he had "1,400 days ahead," it became clear that the president's desire was for his Executive to be giving "good news" in the coming days, and that is just what he has done very intensely. Four blows of effect, four ads that have generated many headlines, in just eight days .

The marked increase in pensions was the first . The measure was already known since the end of last year, but that did not prevent the president himself from personally announcing the improvement after the first Council of Ministers of the new and massive Executive, held last Tuesday. "This Government thus fulfills a commitment that pensioners do not lose purchasing power and that is why we have approved a Decree Law with a 0.9% revaluation," he said, obviating that the campaign promised to apply the increase before the end of year even if it was on duty . But the impact and political benefit on that end would have been, without a doubt, much less.

The next two blows arrived at the following Council, a week later, on Tuesday 21, when the Government applied the improvement of public salaries and launched the preparation of the General State Budgets (PGE) 2020 which, according to the minister of the Treasury, María Jesús Montero, will be " the first Budgets in history with a gender perspective ". To make the first announcement, that increase of up to 2.3% for public salaries, Sánchez took over the multi-year agreement that in 2018, months before the motion of censure, closed the then Minister of Finance and Public Function, Cristóbal Montoro , with the union representatives of the officials.

Accounts with "gender perspective"

As for the Budgets with a gender perspective, the Official State Gazette (BOE) explains that they will be "on the one hand, a powerful instrument for the analysis of reality in the field of equality and, consequently, capable of providing relevant information for he makes decisions in this key area of ​​the political and social agenda. " On the other, he adds, they will be "a leading element of the cultural change that is being promoted in our society, contributing to incorporate gender equality in procedures and work routines".

To achieve this, the Government proposes a "Gender Impact report that will consist of three main chapters referring to Reality, Representation and Resources - Results", a work that will include the National Institute of Statistics (INE), as well as a a "working group composed of representatives of the Ministry of Equality, the State Secretariat of Budgets and Expenditures, the General Directorate of Budgets and the General Directorate of Personnel Costs to form the final wording of the Gender Impact Report" .

But after all these paragraphs and explanations, it is difficult to know exactly what will be done, how it will be applied and why it will be effective. From the Executive point out that it will be necessary to wait to see the results of the reports, while in the opposition they affirm that it is a purely cosmetic and advertising measure .

950 euros minimum wage

And yesterday, the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, completed the eight days of blows of effect with the announcement of the new increase in the minimum interprofessional salary (SMI) . It will not be the 1,000 euros that Podemos intended, but 950 euros, which represents an increase of 5.5% and which, in addition, on this occasion have been agreed with the unions and businessmen.

Just a few days ago, BBVA Research asked the Executive to measure in next increments and estimated that the rise to 900 euros had prevented the creation of up to 45,000 positions, and Banco de España has always maintained that the increase took place, despite what the Government, a negative effect on the labor market. Starting from this base, it seems likely that these and other study services will deepen their warnings, but by then this blow of effect, and also all others, will already be a consolidated reality.

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