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Salary increase in Peru: how much is the minimum wage and what is known about its increase?

Salary increase in Peru: how much is the minimum wage and what is known about its increase?

Peruvian workers are waiting for the latest news about the minimum wage increaseto which he referred Dina Boluarte in his presidential address on July 28. Since then, other government officials and unions have spoken about it. For this reason, in this note, we tell you about the status of this proposal and the current value of the minimum vital remuneration in the Peru.

What is the minimum wage in Peru?

Currently, the minimum wage It is S/1,025a figure that resulted from the increase made on May 1, 2022 by the government of Pedro Castillo. Previously, the minimum living wage was S/930.

It should be noted that labor unions have pointed out the need for increase this to an amount of S/1,500 to S/2,000, and that, in five years, it can reach the value of the basic basket, close to S/2,600according to what Julio César Bazán, president of the Unitary Confederation of Workers of Peru (CUT Peru) and Gustavo Minaya, deputy secretary general of the General Confederation of Workers of Peru (CGTP) told this outlet.

What is known about the increase in the minimum wage in Peru?

Even though the president Dina Boluarte ha expressed a desire to increase the minimum wage, no proposal to do so has been made. Different officials have declared and given nuance to what has been understood as an announcement by the president.

The president’s words were the following: “Committed to social dialogue and harmonious labor relations, after more than a year of estrangement between workers and employers, our Government has managed to resume dialogue in the National Labor Council. My Government hopes that, as a result of this dialogue, we will soon be able to announce to the country the increase in the minimum wage”.

After this message, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Alex Contreras, pointed out during an interview with RPP: “What the president has said is absolutely clear. Dialogue has been reestablished at the level of the National Labor Commission and the truth is that the minimum wage, in real terms, has lost value, and through this dialogue between employers and workers, the methodology and level of the adjustment will be determined”.

For his part, Prime Minister Alberto Otárolarevealed that there is no date to increase the minimum wage. “After a long time, we have been able to bring together the National Labor Council, and the truth is that it has been a very complex effort to sit them down and install this council. What the president has said is that these types of decisions have to be debated in that space. We are not going to take populist or irresponsible measures“, said the prime minister in an interview with RPP.

On the other hand, Julio César Bazán, president of the Unitary Confederation of Workers of Peru (CUT – Peru), previously told this newspaper that he considered it unlikely that the president’s announcement would become effective in the short term, given that for business associations the issue was not a priority. Added to this are recent statements by the president of Comex Peru, Jessica Luna, who was against. “¿¿Do you think that an SME that is leaving UCI, a formal SME, in Gamarra, which pays its workers a minimum wage with all its rights, can now face a higher minimum wage? Clearly not,” he asserted in RPP.

Source: Larepublica

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