March is always a very high voltage month for wages. This is mainly due to the start of joint negotiations and also usually updating the Minimum Vital and Mobile Wage (SMVyM). At the end of this month, the minimum wage, which is $67,743, will become $69,500. This is how the Salary Council decided. Thus, this category, between March will have an increase of 110.5% between March 2022 and the same month of 2023.
In November 2022, the national government formalized a 20% increase divided in four sections. Thus, in December the increase was 7%. From the 1st of January the Minimum Vital and Mobile Wage (SMVM) passed to $65,427after uploading a 6%. In February a was applied 4% increasing and finally Marchwill be assigned the 3% remaining to reach the 20% increase.
As often happens, this increase impacts the following social benefits:
– Strengthen Work: equivalent to half SMVyM for four hours a day of labor compensation. In March it will be $34,750
– Accompany Program: aimed at victims of gender violence. In March it will be $69,500.
– Teachers: by law, teachers’ salaries must be at least 20% above the minimum wage.
– Retirements: it will reach those retirees with the minimum assets.
The unions in negotiation
For the month of March, parities are expected for those in charge of buildings belonging to the Single Union of Workers of Rental and Horizontal Buildings (SUTERH) and the Union of Workers of Sports and Civil Entities (UTEDYC).
Also, the closing of the agreements with the electricity cooperatives and that of the winery, winery and citrus workers is expected, according to InfoGremiales.
Other unions in negotiation are the Bakers of the Province of Buenos Aires, metallurgists, domestic workers, bankers and trade employees. In April, the negotiations for construction, pharmaceuticals, the dairy industry, the meat industry and insurance employees are added.
The unions that have already agreed
In recent weeks, there were unions that have already closed parities for the first part of the year, these are:
– Teachers at the national level: the teachers united in the Confederation of Education Workers of the Argentine Republic (CTERA); the Argentine Union of Private Teachers (SADOP); the Union of Argentine Teachers (UDA); the Association of Technical Teaching Teachers (AMET) and the Confederation of Argentine Educators (CEA) had a joint closing.
The government closed the parity for national teachers with a 33.5% increase. In this sense, it will be paid in three tranches: March, May and June.
– Automotive Tramway Union (UTA) closed parities with the Argentine Federation of Automotive Passenger Carriers (FATAP) for January and March with 10% and 7% for May. This increase reaches short and medium distance drivers.
– CABA teachers: The government of the City of Buenos Aires and the teachers’ unions agreed to a 60% increase in six installments that brought the salary of a teacher without seniority to 263,592 pesos in February. Thus, in the coming months, teachers will receive the following increases: 14% as of February 1, 6% as of April 1, 10% as of June 1, 10% as of August 1, 10% from October 1 and 10% from December 1. The salary for teachers with the maximum seniority will be $306,966 pesos from February. The value of the lecture hour for the Secondary Level in February will be $7,043.63 for teachers without seniority and $8,548.78 for those with the maximum seniority.
– PBA teachers: the unions grouped in the Buenos Aires Teaching Unity Front (FUDB) accepted the offer of a salary increase made by the Government of the province of Buenos Aires in parities. Average increase in three tranches: 18% in March, 10% in May and 12% in July to reach a cumulative 40% in July.
– State PBAs: They agreed to an increase divided into three stages: March, May and July, averaging 40% in this last section. They will resume meetings in August.
– university students: The National Minister of Education, Jaime Perczyk, offered a 30% salary increase for the March-June period to teachers and non-teachers at national universities. “The Government’s proposal contemplates a 30% salary increase for university teachers and non-teachers in three stages: 16% in March, 7% in May and 7% in June, and includes a review in June.”
– Guild of trade branch tourism: the workers included in the Collective Labor Agreement 547/08, Tourism Branch, will have established a salary increase of 22.9% that will be advanced in two installments: 13% in March, on basic salaries and non-remunerative amounts; and 9.9% in April, on basic wages for March plus non-remunerative sums.
– PBA Judicial: The courts agreed with the Government on an increase of 40% for the month of July, to be paid in 3 installments. The increase will reach the pockets of judicial officers as follows: 20% increase in March, 6% increase in May and 14% increase in July.
In addition, a monitoring and review table was agreed in May and the commitment to reopen the parity negotiation in August.