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Spanish PM Sánchez confirms an increase in the minimum wage

Pedro Sánchez, during his speech.
Pedro Sánchez, during his speech. / AGENCY
  • The country's prime minister made the announcement before a conference attended by his government team, business leaders and unions

Spain's prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, has announced a new political roadmap this Wednesday (1 September) with a message of optimism.

Speaking in front of his full government team, business leaders and union representatives, the President of the Government took cente stage at a conference in which he outlined out the three main challenges for next year: the ongoing vaccination campaign, and ensuring that the country’s economic recovery is fair, while modernising economic and social areas.

Sánchez did not miss the opportunity to highlight that the goal of vaccinating 70 per cent of the population by the end of the summer has been reached. And he offered the data, that while in the first wave the lethality reached 12 per cent in those infected, in the fifth wave that percentage has been reduced to 0.3 per cent. All thanks to the vaccination campaign, he pointed out.

And as the vaccination process progresses, the economic prospects will improve, he said. "We are going to recover to pre-pandemic levels in 2022. And it is true that it will be accompanied by a rise in prices, but our will is to continue with the stimuli."

This will allow, he confirmed, an immediate increase in the minimum wage, which the Government, employers and unions will begin to negotiate today.

The Prime Minister addressed the rise in the price of electricity and he assured that the Government is acting and will continue to do so, despite the fact that every day a new historical record is set. He said all options will be investigated, working within the framework of European Union legislation.