Vitoria (EFE).- Around 2,000 pensioners have demonstrated this Thursday through the streets of Vitoria to ask the Basque Government and that of Navarra to supplement the pensions so that the minimum is 1,080 euros.
Among the protesters were the people who left Bilbao, Bergara (Gipuzkoa) and Agurain (Álava) this Monday and Tuesday in separate marches promoted by the Movement of Pensioners of Euskal Herria.
The three marches have come together this morning in the capital of Álava where they have gathered behind a banner that read “Pension cut no. Publikoak eta duinak bai (Public and dignified yes). 1,080 minimum pension”. The march has passed through several streets of Vitoria and has ended next to the Basque Parliament.
During the march, slogans were chanted such as “Whoever governs, pensions will defend themselves”, “Terrorism is not making ends meet”, “Widow’s pension is misery and nothing else” and “You have to look at who you are going to vote for”. , among others.
Minimum pension of 1,080 euros
At the end of the march, a manifesto was read stating that against a minimum pension of 1,080 euros “only depends on the political will of the governments and parliaments” of the Basque Country and Navarra, and that “there are no political or economic reasons to prevent it.”
The Euskal Herria Pensioners Movement affirms that in the current context of “exponential growth in the cost of living, an increasing number of older people and pensioners see their chances of accessing healthy housing adequate to their needs, healthy eating , guarantee their health and effective care to alleviate their dependency care needs”.
After recalling that 167,718 pensioners from Euskadi and 51,306 from Navarre earn less than those 1,080 euros, the vast majority of them women, this group explained that the economic cost of supplementing the minimum benefits up to this amount would be around 230 million euros in the Community Autonomous Basque Country and some 60 in Navarre.
“Just as we were able to repeal the pension revaluation index and the sustainability factor and we have avoided new cuts, we will be able to achieve some strict justice: the minimum pension of 1,080 euros in 14 payments by 2023”, they have pointed out.
The claim this Thursday in Vitoria is not new. In fact, the mobilizations in Euskadi to request a minimum pension of 1,080 euros turned 5 years old last January.