The Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations proposed on Monday to social agents to gradually extend the pension calculation period to 30 years, but by discarding the two worst years of contributions, which would mean that the pension would be calculated with the 28 best contributions over a total period of 30 years, according to sources in the portfolio of Jose Luis Escriva. This change would extend the calculation period by five years, since it is currently calculated on the last 25 years of contributions.
The Social Security She also proposed to the social dialogue table an improvement in the treatment of contribution gaps for women, as well as for men whose contributory career has been reduced after having a child, in line with the operation of the gap supplement of gender. The proposals of the Ministry They are also considering special treatment for gaps in the contribution of the self-employed group.
With regard to the maximum pension base, the Government has proposed to trade unions and employers the possibility of linking its development to the criterion for revaluation of pensions, i.e. to the CPI, in addition to an additional annual increase of 1,154 points between 2025 and 2050. This will be accompanied by an increase in the maximum pension, according to the same sources.
Escrivá wants to agree with the social agents before the end of the year on the two steps that remain to be taken to complete component 30 of the Recovery, transformation and resilience plan, relating to the “Adaptation to new professional careers of the calculation period for the calculation of the retirement pension” and “Adaptation of the maximum contribution base of the scheme”. The Social Security recalls that this approach is “a starting point, open to new contributions from the social dialogue table”.
For now, CCOO considers “clearly insufficient” the proposals presented this Monday by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations, and also regrets its “delay” in sitting down to negotiate. The union recalled in a statement that variations in the calculation period are not included in the recommendations of the Pacte de Toledo, although he acknowledges that they have been included by the government as part of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR).
For CCOO, It is not yet necessary to extend this period, since the development of the previous extension has just been completed and it is still not certain that it will have sufficient support for its parliamentary treatment. However, the union calls it “positive” that the ministry has fulfilled its claim to guarantee the revaluation of the maximum bases and all pensions. In this way, it will be integrated into the General Law on Social Security of a normative nature that the maximum contribution bases and all pensions, including minimum and maximum, will be reassessed each year, at least, with the CPI actual average of the previous 12 months.
This will avoid, in the view of the CCOO, that the maximum contribution bases depend on the “discretionary action” of each government in the General state budgets. Despite the “satisfaction” of having obtained the inclusion of this proposal, the union is calling for “more intense” measures to increase tax revenue. Among the demands of the union, there is also the need to increase the intensity of measures related to the improvement of incomes.
On this point, CCOO specifies that the maximum contribution base in Spain will be 4,495.50 euros per month and 53,946 euros per year from January 1, 2023, with approximately 1.1 million salaried workers
greater than this number. These concentrate each year some 30,000 million euros in wages which, if they were fully quoted, would generate contribution income of around 7,000 and 8,000 million euros per year. In the same way, CCOO recalls that this measure requires reviewing the amount of the maximum pension to guarantee the maintenance of the principle of contributivity.