The Government defends itself and ensures that it will freeze pensions

MORE INFORMATION Sánchez tied the rise in pensions and the minimum wage to the formation of the new Government the criticism for the decision not to revalue t

The Government defends itself and ensures that it will freeze pensions

MORE INFORMATION

Sánchez tied the rise in pensions and the minimum wage to the formation of the new Government

the criticism for the decision not to revalue the pension up to have Government make a dent in The Moncloa. The Executive functions of Pedro Sanchez wanted to take this Saturday a message of calm to the nine million spaniards affected, who has assured that "no waiver at all to raise pensions," and insists that its revaluation is a "priority" of the Government. The Executive has also postponed the rise in the minimum interprofessional wage (SMI) and the revaluation of civil servants ' salaries a 2% until the formation of a new Government: it will be the next cabinet to take the decision with retroactive effect to 1 January. "Repeat a lie doesn't get that it becomes truth. The PSOE has pledged to raise the pensions according to the CPI each year. In 2020 will rise to 0.9% with retroactive effect from 1 January. In 2019, have been recovered from the purchasing power lost by the cuts of the PP", has affirmed the minister of Labor, Migration and Social Security, Magdalena Valerio, in social networks.

"The pensioners can be assured: the Government will comply with the commitment acquired and communicated to the European Commission within the Budgetary Plan 2020 of the Kingdom of Spain, guaranteeing the maintenance of the purchasing power of pensioners in the next financial year through an update of the pensions of 0.9% from the January 1, 2020", has committed the Government —as was the Friday after the Council of Ministers— through a press release.

The reaction of the Executive occurs after the criticisms made from the opposition for failing to explain the freezing of pensions and of civil servants ' salaries. The Government was thus putting more pressure on ERC to close his abstention, central to the investiture of Sanchez, but that pressure has returned to The Moncloa like a boomerang, with harsh reproaches of the opposition.

The argument of the Executive is that "being in office, and before the predictable formation of a new Government, it is reasonable to postpone the implementation of this measure until the Government is in full use of its capacity and without prejudice to the effects of the revaluation are retroactive". The white house insists on to wait and not immediately apply the raise of pensions by 0.25%, "adopted at its day of unilaterally by the PP" because it would be an ' increase in costs and the decrease of the efficiency of the system." And underlines that the revaluation of 0.25% "has been widely questioned" in the framework of social dialogue and parliamentary groups within the Toledo Pact, to the point that it has not been applied in the years 2018 and 2019 "in order to avoid a revaluation that would have meant a loss of purchasing power for pensioners".

The reviews have not been made wait. The deputy secretary-Participation of the PP, Jaime Olano, has been charged against the president claiming that "he came to Government promising transparency and has made his Government the most opaque of democracy".

The deputy regional Citizens ' Nacho Martín Blanco has also accused Sanchez of his "huge irresponsibility" by "subordinating the interests of the pensioners" to the negotiations with CKD for its endowment, which continues without the necessary support to ensure its success, "making use-partisan institutions".

Coalition Canaria has added to the criticism, and has described as "blackmail inadmissible," the decision to freeze the pension until you have Government. The training considered "tacky" that the Government "wants to make hostages more than nine million pensioners in one-half of negotiations to use it as currency". "Play electoralismo, announcing measures in half of the elections, compromising the income expectations of pensioners to then refuse to implement them, is unacceptable, especially when the only justification given is political", say the nationalists in the canary islands.

Updated Date: 28 December 2019, 14:00

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