On Tuesday, the BE announced four priorities for pensions currently being negotiated for the government budget 2019, in particular an extraordinary increase for lower pensions as early as January and a reduction in the contribution to the ADSE.
In talks with the Lusa news agency, BE delegate Mariana Mortágua explained that the negotiations with the government on the state budget for 2019 (OE2019) were "not closed", with the bloquistas putting "four priorities for pensions" on the table.
"A proposal we negotiate has an impact on all civil servants, but also on pensioners, which is the reduction of the contribution to the ADSE," he revealed.
According to Mariana Mortágua, "retirees have not paid contributions to the ADSE in the past, they began to pay a contribution in the previous legislature," which "meant a very substantial reduction in the income of these pensioners."
"The reduction in the contribution of the ADSE to all civil servants would logically also increase the income of pensioners," he explained.
Another of the proposals, according to the bloquista, deals with "the issue of the extraordinary increase that focuses on the lowest pensions to an IAS 1.5. [Indexante dos Apoios Sociais]".
"The extraordinary increase has so far taken the form of a flat-rate increase of EUR 10. We are calling for it to be made in January," he said.
According to the current edition of Correio da Manhã, the left has called on the government to raise pensions in January, and BE and PCP are planning to force the management to guarantee a minimum level of ten euros at the start of 2019.
"It is no secret that this increase was achieved in August through a compromise between our position and that of the government, but we have taken this proposal for negotiations, as we have done in the past, because we understand that there is a long way to go of the purchasing power of the lowest pensions, "he insisted.
Another priority, according to Mariana Mortágua, "is not a proposal, but simply the application of the law of defrosting pensions."
"In 2015 we negotiated with the government on the re-application of the law of automatic allocation of pensions with changes that benefit lower pensions and what this law says is that in 2019 pensions will rise in inflation and, if economic growth between 2 and 3%, the pensions of up to two IAS will increase inflation plus 0.5 percentage points, "he explained.
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"Our aim is that, at the end of the legislature, this sustainability factor is eliminated, this fine and therefore that all people who retire for 60 years and 40 years can stop without any penalty until the end of this term, such as the commitment. from the government, "he repeated.
Asked about the budgetary impact of these measures on pensions in OE2019, Mariana Mortágua replied that the accounts were not closed for various reasons, mainly because there are still numbers that the BE still expects from the government to close and deliver.
"Secondly, because the negotiations are not closed, we still do not know what the final design of these measures is, so we can never reach values without knowing what the final design is," he added.
Finally, according to the Honorable Member, the impact on the budget can only be assessed when all the negotiations that the party negotiates with the government are made "because if there are proposals that increase expenditure, there are others that reduce expenditure and there are others who increase sales. "