President Alberto Fernández promulgated the new retirement mobility law in Chapadmalal, within the framework of the launch of the operation Verano de la Anses. At 10:30 in the morning, with his back to the Argentine Sea, accompanied by the governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof, and the executive director of ANSES, Fernanda Raverta, signed the decree of promulgation -Law 27,609- of the renewed mobility formula to update retirements and pensions from the first day of March 2021.
“I am very happy that decree number one is for retirees”, Said the president in the first lines of his speech. “When I took office in December 2019, I told all Argentines that I had a priority: to pay attention to those who need it most, ‘first the last’. Saying ‘first the last’ is as much as saying ‘let’s take care, first of all, with those who are worse off’ “, he asserted before entering into comparisons with the pension mobility scheme that this recovered formula replaces:” In December 2019, among those who suffered the worst, were retirees, who came from having a drop in their real income in the order of 20 percent, with a retirement formula that served at the time to get money from retirees and that later nobody could fulfill”.
“The reality that retirees go through is a problem to be solved, it is a present problem. We don’t think any retiree is doing very well with their income. We have to improve their income and help them get the most out of their income. They are people who contributed their entire lives to reach maturity and have the peace of mind of being able to live without shocks. The least we can do is give them some minimal guarantees, “added Alberto Fernández.
On Super Tuesday of December 29, 2020, day zero in the vaccination campaign against the coronavirus and the night in which the voluntary interruption of pregnancy was treated, the ruling party had achieved the final sanction of the rule in the Chamber of Deputies with 132 votes in favor -119 were negative-, after eleven hours of session. The law establishes the application of a quarterly adjustment of pension assets with a formula that combines 50% of the Anses collection and another 50% of the salary variation measured by the evolution of formal salaries carried out by the Ministry of Labor (RIPTE) and the salaries measured by the Indec, where the one that is greater will be imposed.
The modality replaces the current scheme promoted by Mauricio Macri during his four years in office, which governed the updating of assets by inflation rates, among other components. The formula returns to a calculation that was in force between 2008 and 2017, promoted during the first presidency of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. “We are not inventing anything,” said the president. We looked in recent history what was the best formula to update the income of retirees and we put it back into effect. Those who complain that we did not uphold the formula that they imposed in the previous administration are the same ones that made the 20% of real income of retirees fall. The formula that we are imposing in real terms grew 20 percent. We are so concerned about retirees that we decided to apply it quarterly so that they can see their income improve faster ”.
Precisely, the retirement mobility law indicates that retirements, pensions and family allowances must be updated every three months, so that there will be four increments per year. This point was modified in its parliamentary path: the initial formula that the Executive Power had sent to the Chamber of Deputies established two updates a year and estimated that the first update would be developed in mid-2021.
The modification, in its passage through the Senate and with the suggestion of the Frente de Todos, sought to integrate the months of January, February and March, which were out of the update, because the formula of the previous government was approved in December 2017, but It became effective in March 2018. “It is provided that the first update based on the mobility specified in the previous paragraph will be effective as of March 1, 2021,” says the regulation.
The index combines 50% of the evolution of wages by the RIPTE index (Taxable Remuneration of Stable Workers) and 50% of the tax collection of Anses and in no case may its application produce a decrease in the assets received by the beneficiary. “It is an important fiscal effort. We do it because we are convinced that the State must be present to repair the inequities that have been generated. And this is one of them ”, declared the president.
“We need to build certainties and for the year of the reconstruction of Argentina we needed a new mobility formula. We needed an increase every three months to bring peace of mind to this huge number of Argentines. We needed it to be a formula that works well. This year the increases were by decree and worked well because of the political decision of a president. We have managed to increase by 35.3% and we like to say, among ourselves, that we have achieved that retirees have better increases than any other activity of any sector of active workers”, Expressed the executive director of ANSES, Fernanda Raverta from her native Mar del Plata.
The civil servant also pronounced in his speech the differences between both systems of pension calculations and the conceptual sense of the norm that will emit tomorrow in the Official Gazette. “Leaving discretion makes us better,” he compared. That is why we want to return to a formula that allows us to think that the growth of Argentina accompanies the growth of the assets of retirees, to think that if the workers are going to do well, there will be more collection in the body, and that thus retired men and women are going to charge more. This idea of thinking that economic growth will accompany the growth of Argentine families is the idea that we propose as a government”.
For his part, Axel Kicillof said that this law “modifies and establishes this retirement formula that experience has shown, beyond the blackboard and the analysis, that it is effective and has contributed to improving the purchasing power of Argentine retirees.” In turn, he highlighted the moment of the sanction of the measure. “That you sign the promulgation of this law is very important because it also shows from which side we are going to start the year of vaccination and reconstruction: Alberto Fernández’s government begins with those who need it most, our retired men and women, our boys and girls ”. And he completed, at the end of his speech: “It is a pleasure to start the year as it should be started: thinking about those who have the least to think about everyone”.
The head of state also expressed his concern with the relaxation of care and the outline of the epidemiological curve that does not stop. From the presidential residence in Chapadmalal, the town located on interbalnearia route 11 between Mar del Plata and Miramar where he received 2021 accompanied by Kicillof and their respective families, he spoke of the pandemic: “We still have a lot ahead in a still very complex scenario . We had the good idea of working early on getting vaccines for Argentines. The pandemic has not ended, it continues to ravage the homeland and this is something that we must all bear in mind. The holidays are over, the summer vacation period begins and we all relax, and in the act of distinction the risk and danger increase. We are in a city where cases grow worryingly. I’m talking about Mar del Plata and I take it that the whole coast must be similar ”.
He directed his message particularly to young people, after images of clandestine parties and adolescents taking over the beaches were disseminated: “In that moment of relaxation that summer offers, one forgets that there is a virus circulating and is neglected. And those who are most neglected are our young people. I know it is nice to get together with friends, I know that for many to go out to dance is nice, playing soccer with friends is nice. Everything is nice except when there is a virus in the middle that is infecting us. I want to call everyone to reflection: the pandemic is not over and the vaccine is going to give us, over the months, immunity to a significant number of Argentines. In the meantime, we can’t play with fire because the virus is circulating. That is why I resort to the individual responsibility of each one ”.
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