authorities of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MTSS) met this Tuesday with directors of the Retirement and Pension Fund for University Professionals (Cjppu) and they gave them one return on the measures proposed to alleviate the organism’s deficit: concentrating the measures on the contribution of assets and retirees, not charging professionals who do not practice, not increasing the cost of professional stamps and ruling out the refund of the IASS.
This Tuesday, the Minister of Labor and Social Security, Pablo Mieresreceived a the president of the Cjppu, Virginia Romero, and the secretary director of the organization, Blauco Rodríguez. On the table were the measures to address the financial situation of the organism for contribute to balance the red numbers and avoid bankruptcy.
The deficit of the Caja de Profesionales for the period 2021-2026 would be between US$ 166 million and US$ 262 million on a stage means, medium while on stage pessimisticthe estimated amount of deficits It would range from US$238 million to US$329 million.
Mieres said to The Observer that the patrimonial situation of the box “it is very delicate” and with “a perspective that if new measures are not incorporated to reverse the trend of increasing the deficit, it would be in a situation of financial impossibility”.
In this sense, the hierarch indicated that they were analyzing the proposals presented by the Cjppu authorities on February 28 and that their main suggestion was that “concentrate the definitions around the subject of contributions from assets and some contribution from retirees”.
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One of the measures that is proposed and that will require parliamentary discussion is that of increase the contribution rate, going from 16.5% to 18%. For Mieres, that is a measure “relevant” and that from the Executive Power they see as “a path to travel” next to the “a special contribution from retirees”.
On the other hand, Mieres suggested dismiss the idea of ask them to contribute to professionals who do not practice about $4 thousand a yearWhat I had already advanced The Observer. In turn, he reported that The proposal to return the Tax on Social Security Assistance (IASS) to the box did not prosper. “That creates a complicated background because later, if that is the case, each group will request the transfer of the corresponding IASS and This is not the meaning of the proceeds from the collection of the IASS”, he explained.
The chief also said that the possibility of increasing the value of professional stamps was ruled out. “It is transferring the reduction of the cash deficit to society as a whole because society is the one that ends up paying for that”, he pointed out.
Mieres reported that they are in constant dialogue with the authorities of the Cjppu and that They will meet again after the body’s board of directors analyzes the return received.
Meeting with professionals
A group of university professionals They plan to demonstrate tomorrow, Wednesday, March 30, against the measures proposed by the Cjppu.
Several professionals created a facebook group called March for professionals and their rights which already has 6,800 members since its creation a month ago.
“We grouped together to march and claim before the Caja Profesional for the measures to be implemented due to the lousy management and its ineffectiveness, we demand a reduction in salaries for managerial positions”, they write in the group information.
Through the group, the professionals organized themselves to concentrate this Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in front of the MTSS, where they will meet with Mieres at 4:00 p.m..
“I will listen to them very carefully. The issue is not resolved yet, we are going to listen to the proposals that are made as they have been done with the different groups”, said the minister.
On the other hand, a group of affiliates carried out a petition to the Uruguayan Parliament so that they can be analyzed “in a rational and serious way”. In turn, they requested an external audit of 10 years back in the entity.
In a request made through the website Change.org and that so far has some 11,957 signatures, the professionals expressed their “disgust, discomfort and disagreement” with the measures proposed by the new Directive of the Cjppu. In this sense, they requested all Uruguayan parliamentarians” that approach the subject as “urgent” and analyze the measures “rationally and seriously”.
“We believe that these measures not only aggravate the discomfort of some professionals and their work, but also contribute to a disincentive for self-employment, since they make the costs of the service more expensive.”, says the document.