Unanimously, unlike last year, the Council of Representatives of the National Minimum Wages Commission (Conasami), made up of workers, employers and the government, determined to increase the minimum wage by 22% as of January 2022, which will benefit six million people.
After the Council of Representatives was installed in a permanent session on November 25, a meeting of the sectors was called for this December 1 to vote on the proposal that involves raising the salary from 141.70 to 172.87 pesos a day in most of the country ; while in the North Border Free Zone (ZLFN) it will go from 213.39 to 260.34 pesos per day.
Likewise, the professional minimum wages of the list made up of 61 professions, trades and special jobs will also receive an increase of 22% as of January 1 of next year.
Conasami, chaired by Luis Munguía, explained that the increase is based on the minimum wage in force in 2021, plus the sum of an Independent Recovery Amount (MIR) of 25.45 pesos for the ZLFN and 16.90 pesos for the rest of the country. , and an increase for fixation of 9 percent.
It should be noted that the MIR –which was applied for the first time in 2017–, is a mechanism whose sole purpose is to recover the purchasing power of minimum wages, and is an absolute amount in pesos, which should not be used as a reference for set other current salaries such as contractual, federal, state, or municipal.
This increase is in addition to those granted in 2019, of 16.2%, in 2020, 20%, and in 2021, of 15 percent. According to Conasami, this is the highest nominal increase since 1987, reaching the level of purchasing power that was had in 1985.
“It is the third time in this administration that an increase has been achieved by consensus of the three sectors that make up the commission, it is estimated that this increase will benefit more than 6 million people,” he said.
The current policy of increasing minimum wages has made it possible to continue with the recovery of the purchasing power of male and female workers, reduce income inequality by gender and strengthen the internal market.
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In this regard, the Business Coordinating Council stated that “the organizations that comprise it endorse their solidarity and the commitment to improve the income of workers, and to overcome, in the short term, the Family Welfare Line defined by the National Council of Evaluation of the Social Development Policy (Coneval) ”.
At the three-year term of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government, the CCE showed “solidarity with the people of Mexico”, by paying the workers’ salary increase, “despite the serious crisis, with a lot of effort and responsibility, the companies They never stopped paying their taxes and complying with their social security obligations ”.
For this reason, tax collection rose, and “it is because the government’s social programs have been maintained, so that the most unprotected sectors of Mexico can move forward,” Salazar Lomelín clarified.
Despite the environment of uncertainty that persists in sectors such as energy, the CCE announced that “they will continue to invest in Mexico and work tirelessly to generate more and better jobs, promoting strategies that guarantee a better quality of life for all Mexicans.”
Isaías González Cuevas, leader of the CROC and representative of the labor sector, said that “we see the increase very well, we wanted 25%, which is what the president had first proposed, but that’s fine. Companies are able to give it, they are the lowest salaries (Mexicans) in Latin America ”. (With information from Lilia González)