Oxfam calls for €1,000 minimum wage in Spain

OXFAM Intermon has proposed that political parties take steps to reduce extreme inequality and poverty in Spain, including raising the minimum wage to €1,000.
The charity has also suggested new laws are drawn up to prevent tax evasion and announced that it will be monitoring social policy promises made by political parties during election campaigns.
Oxfam has created six documents covering issues including international cooperation and civilian protection during conflicts, salaries, social protection, taxes and democratic participation and requested that the parties running in this year’s general elections add the proposals to their programmes.
The charity’s proposals aim to encourage debate and put under the spotlight the need for political changes that benefit the people, its leaders explained.
One thing Oxfam Intermon has reported is that since 2008 aid for developing countries from Spain fell by more than 70 per cent and that although the country intends to spend €17 million on humanitarian aid for crises such as the Nepal earthquake, in just 10 days members of the public have donated €1.7 million to the charity to help the Nepalese.
“Spain needs to urgently increase its international generosity to match the place it holds as the 13th largest economy in the world,” said Lara Contreras, head of institutional relations for Oxfam Intermon.
Contreras explained that the proposals put forward by the charity aim to ensure that everyone, both in Spain and overseas, has sufficient income and guaranteed social policies to ensure a decent living.

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