The The cost of living is falling, but remains a drain on salaries, which are not keeping pace, significantly reducing purchasing power. With the measure we want to help those who are most in trouble, but the government has erected a wall on the minimum wage and more than half of workers are waiting for the extension of the national labor contract to get an increase.
How much has inflation weighed on the Italians’ wallets and is it still weighing on them? We see it firsthand every day: with the same money in our pockets as one, two, three years ago, we can buy fewer things. Because while prices are rising, salaries have remained the same, or increased less than the cost of living.
The high cost of living has eroded purchasing power
By the end of last year, the OECD told us, real wages in Italy had fallen by 7 percent compared to before the outbreak of the pandemic. Simply put, it means that on a salary of 1,500 euros per month, more than 100 euros in purchasing power has been lost: the amount on the pay slip has remained the same, but inflation has reduced its value.
More than half of employees are waiting for their contract to be extended
Things don’t get much better if we look at contractual wages, that is to say the wages set out in national agreements. They have increased in the first six months of this year – Istat explains – but remain below 6 percentage points compared to the cost of living. These are the table wages, drawn up by agreements between companies and trade unions and which do not take into account extraordinary items, but which do represent an important index because more than half of employees have a contract that has expired for more than two years and are therefore waiting for an increase.
Source: TG 24 Sky
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