The CGTP-IN today demanded a change of course in economic and social policy against inflation and the housing crisis, with a significant increase in wages and the burdening of profitable sectors such as banking.
This line of action was conveyed to journalists by the general secretary of this trade union center, Isabel Camarinha, in parliament, at the end of a meeting with the Left Bloc, during which she presented her priorities.
In front of journalists, Isabel Camarinha completely disassociated herself from the proposal for a 15th month’s salary (tax-free) made by the CIP in social consultation and insisted that next year’s minimum wage should reach 910 euros in January, rising to 1,000 euros by the end of next year.
“The top priority for the CGTP-IN is a significant increase in all wages. We have a 15% proposal with at least 150 euros more for all workers by 2024. It’s the workers who produce the wealth, and they need to be dignified in terms of their wages,” he said.
Isabel Camarinha then called for greater fairness in tax policy and pointed out that, in the current climate of rising interest rates, the biggest banks are making profits of more than 10 million euros a day.
“Lower taxes on the lowest and intermediate salaries, but make capital profits more expensive, most of them with exemptions and benefits. It’s time for the government to present the State Budget for 2024. We need a change of direction in the life of our country,” he stressed.
The general secretary of the CGTP-IN said that she has been meeting with various parliamentary groups and said that her union will “mobilize workers so that the main demands are approved”.
“We will continue to fight hard in the workplace, in the private and public sectors, to ensure that workers get this response. This response is necessary. This is the only way for the country to develop,” he added.