The agreement was reached this morning during a meeting at Government House, in La Plata, between Governor Axel Kicillof; the finance ministers, Pablo López; of Labour, Mara Ruiz Malec; the chief of staff, Martín Insaurralde; and representatives of some 15 unions.
There, the president announced to the unions that represent public administration workers that his government will grant an additional increase of 10% in May and a new increase in December to ensure a salary improvement floor of around 60%.
“From day one we took on the task of recovering the salaries of public administration workers after they have suffered four years of deterioration,” said Kicillof, indicating that the “economic model” he seeks to implement is based “on growing with distribution.
The last joint agreement between the province and the teachers was signed last February and contemplated an increase of close to 42% in an escalation in three sections, while the increase with the state and judicial workers was closed a month later, with an increase of 40%.
Days ago, Ruiz Malec had met with union representatives, who raised the need to review the parity due to the unexpected acceleration of inflation and its consequent impact on purchasing power.
Now, an increase of 10% will be added in May, which is added to the rise that had already been made effective in March and to the increases planned for July and September, to which a new section will also be added in December that ensures the floor salary increase of 60%.
Likewise, the monitoring clause that establishes a review in the last quarter of the year remains in force.
In this sense, the Governor pointed out that “the objective is to improve salaries so that they do not lose against inflation that is impacted by the energy crisis and international uncertainty” and pointed out that it is “a very big effort that aims to provide certainty, recover wages and beat inflation”.
The provincial president indicated that the assigned percentage “is not predicting anything”, but “we are simply saying that we need to recover salary and beat inflation”.
“We took office in December 2019 and state workers had lost 20 points. We set out to recover the lost wages. In 2020 we had a pandemic, we managed to tie wages. In 2021 we won three points and this year we hope that with 60% we can win points against inflation,” he stressed.
Kicillof stressed that “raising wages is a great effort, which also has the idea of generating economic reactivation because when public wages rise, with 600,000 employees in Buenos Aires, consumption capacity rises.”
In this context, Ruiz Malec assured Télam that “the Provincial Government once again respects its word and the agreements signed within the framework of the 2022 joint venture, which establishes permanent monitoring for salary recomposition.”
“This is a joint effort to accompany and support the recovery of wages, something that we need to carry out in all sectors to achieve a better distribution of income,” he added.
“We have just activated this monitoring to which we had committed ourselves in the joint 2022”, the minister highlighted in statements made to this agency, in which, in addition, she recalled that “the quotas for July and September and an additional quota of December, which will allow each and every State worker to reach a floor increase of 60%, hoping to beat inflation with this”.
In addition, Ruiz Malec said that inflation “is a concern that we have all had” and stressed that, in this context, the provincial government “has always kept its word.”
“From the first day of our management we set out to improve both the purchasing power of the workers of the Province and their working conditions. We have a present State that provides solutions to the needs of the people of Buenos Aires”, posted after the meeting the Finance Minister, Pablo López.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Government, Cristina Álvarez Rodríguez, stated on her social networks: “For our government, defending the salary of Buenos Aires state workers is a priority. The governor’s announcement is very important for the recovery of purchasing power. We are restoring what was lost.”
After the announcement, the general secretary of the Unified Union of Education Workers, Roberto Baradel, stressed that the decision “values the workers” because “it means being above inflation and recovering purchasing power.”
“It is a great decision by the governor of the province of Buenos Aires, who respects what we workers have proposed, and values the workers, unlike the previous government which, I refer to the words of the former Minister of Labor (Marcelo Villegas), who said he would like have a Gestapo to end the unions,” the leader told Télam.
He commented that the agreement signed today “means being above inflation and recovering the purchasing power that we lost during the government of (María Eugenia) Vidal, which we have sustained in a pandemic and last year we finished jointly above, this is to continue with that path”.
In this tone, the provincial general secretary of ATE, Oscar de Isasi, indicated that the announcement “shows the political will of the provincial government to continue aligning wages with inflation in a very important gesture to sustain wages”, while he valued “The decision to keep on the horizon the reparation of rights that improve the living conditions of workers.”
Then, the union secretary of UPCN, Diego Retola, stressed that “the Province respected the promise to discuss wages again if inflation increased” and added that “the political decision was made to be above the increase in prices, and Today the Governor’s word to recover the purchasing power of salary becomes reality”.
The head of the Federation of Buenos Aires Educators (FEB), Mirta Petrocini, stated: “We wanted not to lose with inflation and above all those points that we had conquered. With inflation we are all seeing how it eats our pockets and according to what agreed today, the increase was announced to us with the revision clause if necessary”.
Finally, Hugo Russo, head of the Buenos Aires Judicial Association (AJB), stressed that the agreement was finalized after “the claims that from the unions and particularly from the AJB we have made last week.”