Francina Armengol, Balearic President.

Francina Armengol, Balearic President. Archive photo.

25-09-2021Jaume Morey

The Balearic President, Francina Armengol has been outlining her strategy to get the economy back on track and boost business and employment after the Covid pandemic.

Speaking at the opening of the PSOE Political Council, she pointed out that billions of euros have been invested in temporary employment regulations and aid for companies and the self-employed.

"The time has come to raise wages and do justice to the workers, who are the ones who've sacrificed themselves,” she said.

President Armengol took stock of the management and social and economic consequences of the Covid pandemic and emphasised the fact that the Balearic Islands had the lowest mortality and were the first to start reactivation.

"What would have happened to us without ERTEs, the strengthening of health, education and social assistance services and direct aid to companies?” she questioned, but admitted that “the crisis generated enormous inequalities that the socialists will have to face."

"To reinforce social policies and tackle big challenges such as population growth, the climate emergency and the lack of affordable housing. European funds are a huge opportunity,” she said.

"The funds agreed with the Central Government, to provide the REB's insularity factor have done justice for the first time and will help to transform reality for the better by compensating for damages suffered by citizens of the Balearic Islands.” she added.

“Our dreams are coming true.”

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Peter / Hace 28 days

As a lot of employers are still paying the lower skilled and temporary staff in the region of 5 or 6 euros an hour black let alone if they are lucky enough to get a contract, there is some way to go in educating the employers that a minimum wage is exactly that. It's about time the government started to do away with temporary contracts - as is being requested by the EU - if they want to keep getting state aid and enforced the law or at least enforce it more by making the penalties for illegal contracts draconian to deter the employers from continuing the practice.

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David / Hace 28 days

In the time I have been reading the mdb it’s the first time I can agree with any report of a statement made by this lady. Low wage business economics are not sustainable long term and are certainly not good for wider society. Sure wage raises will increase holiday costs but tourists will have to accept that and pay. It’s not the 1960s Spain people visit now. Those not willing to pay should go to Turkey or Bulgaria. If businesses cannot differentiate themselves from low cost resorts and provide a superior experience to them and can survive only by paying slave wages they have no right to survive.

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