The National Secretary of the General Confederation of Workers in Peru considers that the minimum wage in Peru should be of 1,500 Soles.
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) announced that he asked the Labor Minister, Javier Barreda, to convoke the National Work Council to evaluate an increase in the minimum wage in Peru.
Since PPK took office in July 2016, the minimum wage has stayed in 850 Soles and it is likely to be increased somewhere between 905 and 920 Soles, said La República.
“According to my calculations, the new minimum wage should be between 905 and 920 Soles”, said Jorge González Izquierdo, Ex-Minister of Labor. He also considers that the increase in inflation and the workers that receive minimum wages’ productivity should be analyzed in order to determine the new amount.
On his part, the Ex-Minister of labor, Jorge Villasante, alerted that the National Work Council is currently inactive because the union central has retired. “Four unions have separated from the council because of discrepancies with the Executive”, explained La República.
According to Villasante there are topics that need to be addressed, such as massive layoffs, collective negotiations, and strikes from several workers’ unions. “But we haven’t seen a political will from the President”, he told La República.
The National Secretary of the General Confederation of Workers in Peru, Gerónimo López Sevillano, said that the minimum wage must be increased to 1,500 Soles so that people can recover their purchasing power.
“This is our proposal because the basic family basket is now covered with almost 2,000 soles”, López told La República.
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