Margiotta (Confsal): ‘Minimum wage not by edict, yes to interventions for weak sectors’

Minimum wage yes, but for it not to be just a “pious intention” it must provide for structural intervention on weak economic sectors where productivity would not allow the company to bear the costs, together with a significant tax reduction. This is in summary what the general secretary of Confsal Raffaele Margiotta points out in a speech at the Aepi party.

“We – he begins – have two major unnatural disasters, scenarios of war, pandemic and the consequent energy crisis that take on structural problems in the world of work. We have a world of work divided into two in which there is a category very big for which the minimum wage is irrelevant. The idea of ​​the minimum wage is a principle on which we can all agree, that is, that there must be a minimum economic dignity that derives from work, it is an object that unites us : the real problem is how to deal with this objective, which cannot be just a pious intention “, he stresses. The principle, explains the leader of Confsal, “concerns a specific slice of the world of work, several product sectors including SMEs”.

However “it is not enough to establish by law that from tomorrow all wages will be 9 euros, it is a good intention but we must start from a factual reality. In this segment I mentioned productivity, the added value produced by employees according to the Istat photograph is close to and sometimes lower than that of the business cost to pay a wage of 9 euros per hour, i.e. in sectors such as energy this problem does not exist but exists in economically weak sectors where productivity does not even reach the odd 24 thousand euros in the world of energy, “he says.

“On the one hand, I realize that wages are low – continues Margiotta – but then if I see the economic data, I see that wages are low where the economic sectors are weak. Wages in these sectors will never be able to rise if they don’t exist. a structural intervention and a significant and selective decontribution where there is an index of economic weakness. These structural problems must be solved and especially today that we can benefit from additional resources. Obviously then we must also work on reducing the tax wedge “he observes indicating that” if we leave the personal income tax on those who earn 8 euros per hour I call it the poverty tax “.

“Wages cannot grow by edict, they cannot grow with bills, but we need a decontribution on economic sectors characterized by truly critical results” he concludes.