The party’s first objective has to go through “better salaries”, says Rio


The president of the PSD and candidate for the post, Rui Rio, defended this Saturday that the first objective of a social-democratic government must be “to get better salaries” for all Portuguese people.

“It is indisputable that the first objective of a PSD government has to be to get better salaries for the Portuguese. This is what has deteriorated the most,” said Rui Rio, who was speaking at a press conference after the meeting of the party’s National Strategic Council in Coimbra, to prepare the electoral program for the 2022 legislative elections.

Despite acknowledging an increase in the national minimum wage, the social-democratic leader noted that this same increase has not happened in “the remaining wages, mainly in the average wage, which has stagnated”.

“The minimum wage moves closer to the average. We have to level it up and not level it down. We have to obviously strengthen the middle class and, for that, we have to give instruments to help the economy to be more competitive”, he said, considering that a reduction in the tax burden will be necessary.

Without referring specifically to whether he advocates an increase in the minimum wage, Rui Rio considered that a “reinforcement of the middle class” and a “rise in wages through better competitiveness of companies” is necessary.

Another essential point for the future PSD program if he is reelected leader of the party is the “strengthening of public services and the reinforcement of the quality of the National Health Service”, he said.

“With the PS, there was a great degradation of public services”, he accused.

Considering that the PSD is, in its genesis, a “reformist party”, Rui Rio also defended a revision of the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, a revision of the electoral system, but also reforms in Social Security, so that it is “sustainable”, and “a tax reform”.

The PSD, he stressed, “is a reformist party, in contrast to the PS”, which claims to be the “most conservative” party, as it is the one that most wants to “conserve the system in Portugal”.


Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.

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