Updated on Friday, 17 September 2021 – 12:51
The CEOE president warns after the rise in the SMI agreed by Labor with the unions, the collective bargaining for the increase in wages may be broken “in the medium term.”
The president of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi and the president of the Government, Pedro Snchez, last May.EUROPA PRESS / J. Helln. POOL / Europa Press / ContactPhotoMUNDO
Antonio Garamendi, CEOE president, has warned this morning that the Government’s decision to raise the Interprofessional Minimum Wage (SMI) by 15 euros from this September after agreeing to it with the unions may jeopardize the collective bargaining on which the agreements are based that set salary increases in companies and that is one of the pillars of the social dialogue.
“If this continues,” that the Government can decide on wage increases “could break collective bargaining in the future,” he said in an interview on Onda Cero. “I would like politicians, many of whom earn much more than the businessmen I represent, in a couple of months to hire a person who collects the SMI and that they generate employment. Because billing in this country is not easy,” he said. noted.
After the agreement with CCOO and UGT, I am working to raise the increase in the SMI to the Council of Ministers as quickly as possible. Currently the SMI stands at 950 euros in 14 payments, so that the rise in 2021 represents an increase in the 1.6% which, according to Labor, is in line with the increases that, in general, companies are agreeing to in 2021 in their collective bargaining with unions. The proposed agreement for work will include guarantees that, already this next December, it will be decided a new increase in the SMI to 1,000 euros, which will mean 35 euros more or 3.62% ms. The work proposal was yesterday one step away from being shipwrecked by understanding CCOO That there are not enough guarantees from the Government to undertake the new rise in 2022 and continue it in 2023. Only at the last minute did the union led by Unai Sordo give the go-ahead.
The argument of the businessmen to freeze the rise in 2021 is that it is necessary to ensure that the economic recovery is consolidated and that negotiations can be resumed as early as next December. Garamendi has affirmed that it will be necessary to see how the economy recovers, although the prospects are good. “In January we will be in a different position, the worst hit sectors are opening up little by little. We’ll see, “he said. The CEOE president has clarified that, with regard to the SMI, his focus is on small companies more than on the Ibex. Without the employers having put it on the table yet, there is also a certain concern that, as the SMI approaches the minimum wages of the agreements, a “wage slippage”, a rise in the rest of wages “pushed” by the SMI.
Be that as it may, the Labor initiative closes a chapter, that of the rise in the SMI in 2020 that has been going on for almost a year and that has confronted Vice President Yolanda Daz with the head of Government Economic Affairs, Nadia Calvio, who on more than one occasion has recalled that it is she who “channels” all the economic policy of the Executive, including Labor.
Calvio had stated this week that the increase should be applied in October and, four days later, his partner in government has advanced him a month. To questions from the media upon her arrival in Santiago to participate in a forum on female entrepreneurship organized by the Confederacin Empresarios de Galicia (CEG), Daz has expressed that she is “very satisfied” with the pact with unions from which she has declined. the employer.
“We are working on the social dialogue,” said the head of Labor, who has also denied the existence of differences in the Executive after The first vice president, Nadia Calvio, made sure on Thursday that there was no signed agreement to raise the SMI, which was confirmed hours later., reports Europa Press. The differences between Daz and Calvio, however, have been more than notable for a year and, in addition to the SMI, extend to issues that are being negotiated these days with social agents, such as the extension of the ERTEs and the labor and employment reforms. of pensions.
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