Although a week ago he said that the increase in the minimum wage was not on the agenda of the Executivethe head of the Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion (MTPE), Fernando Varela, referred again this Tuesday, June 20, on this issue, and announced that his sector does not deny the possibility of a increase in the Minimum Vital Remuneration (RMV)set at S/1,025, but always under “technical criteria”.
“What we are looking for is that, for the first time, the increase in the minimum wage is technical, that is, that it is discussed in a supreme decree about when is the opportunity and what are the economic factors. What has happened for a long time is that, arbitrarily, it has been increased. We are not denying the possibility of an increase, but the previous step is to make that decision technical,” he said, speaking to the press during a job fair in the Surquillo district.
In this regard, Varela indicated that they have managed to set up 8 bilateral tables to resume social dialogue, and he hopes that in a couple of weeks the actors involved in the National Labor Council to discuss this request, which is the main item on the agenda.
The minimum wage in Peru is equivalent to S/1,025. During the government of Pedro Castillo, it was the last increase. Photo: composition LR/Andina
Minimum wage: how much do labor unions propose to increase?
Let us remember that on May 1, Labor Day, during a press conference, different labor unions, such as the General Confederation of Workers of Peru (CGTP) and the Unitary Confederation of Workers of Peru (CUT), announced that they will propose to the Government of Dina Boluarte to increase the RMV to face the price rise in the basic family basket.
In the case of the General Confederation of Workers of Peru (CGTP), its general secretary, Gerónimo López Sevillano, indicated that the minimum wage should rise to S/2,500. “The minimum wage now, to compensate for the cost of living, must be at least between S/2,500 to S/3,000. It is what we have been demanding for many years,” said the union representative.
For his part, the posture of the Unitary Confederation of Workers of Peru (CUT), through its president, Julio Bazán, pointed out the need for the president to Dina Boluarte respond to the popular clamor to raise the minimum wage in Peru and that it reaches S/1,600, which can occur progressively, according to what he said.
In which government did the minimum wage rise the most in Peru?
According to the evolution table summarized by La República, it was during the government of Ollanta Humala, where the minimum wage increased the most in the last two decades. In the five years that his presidential term lasted, the RMV went from S/600 to S/850 (+41.67%).
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