Despite the claim of the different union associations, the Government has not yet convened the National Commission on Work in Private Homes to define a new increase in the minimum wage for January, February and March 2024 for personnel who perform domestic tasks.
The last meeting took place at the end of September during the administration of Alberto Fernández. At that meeting, the minimum salary scale for October, November and December was set with an increase of 34%. Those who perform general tasks and have monthly salaries earned $147,788.50 in January, below the current basic salary of $156,000.
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According to the Association of Domestic and Related Workers (ATHA), increases in domestic employment reached 154%, lower than the annual inflation figure which closed at 211.4%. ATHA indicated that it represents a loss of purchasing power of 57.4% and requests an “urgent and immediate” increase in the minimum salaries of the various categories.
On the other hand, the Executive has not yet convened the Salary Council which, as TN learned, the call to discuss the increase in the minimum salary still has no date.
Increase in salaries and additional travel expenses: the request of domestic employees to the Government
ATHA asked the Government to provide for an “urgent and immediate” increase in the minimum remuneration of the different categories of activity, to compensate for the effects of the devaluation of the peso and inflation in 2023. In addition, they request that within the updates The estimated variation for January and February is taken into account.
Depending on the tasks performed, a private home worker belongs to a certain category. Each of them has a minimum remuneration assigned for the “with retirement” and “without retirement” modality. An “hourly” and “monthly” remuneration is also specified.
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In January, domestic employees did not receive any type of increase and the scales range from $173,758 to $237,435.50. For its part, ATHA requests that a mandatory per diem supplement be established.
ATHA asked the Government to provide for an “urgent and immediate” increase in the minimum salaries of the different categories of activity (Photo: Adobe Stock)
Another of the sector's requests to the Government is to develop and implement a national control and inspection campaign aimed at the labor regularization of domestic employees. At the beginning of the month, President Javier Milei canceled the AFIP Registered Program aimed at reducing informality.
Along these lines, they request that the figure of the “presumptive domestic employer” established in 2013 and which was repealed in 2016 be reestablished.