Unions create mobilization in companies to “channel social discontent” due to price increases

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Social peace weathered a pandemic but could not deal with out-of-control inflation. Recommendations for wage moderation or relaxation of agreements reached by employers are responded to by unions with announcements of mobilization across Spain.

Antonio Garamendi in presentation
Antonio Garamendi at the presentation of a report last April at CEOE Headquarters.carlos luzanoWorld

The social peace that has ruled during the pandemic has been shattered by agreements between companies, unions and the government to deal with the labor consequences of the crisis. This runaway hasn’t stood the test of inflation, Owners announced salary moderation and final yesterday raised in a thousand agreements To negotiate and unions responded with a growing campaign of mobilization that fueled social discontent.

Employers and unions have failed to agree on general guidelines for wage increases that allow them to approach the price crisis with a common approach. Last week he ended negotiations for an Agreement on Employment and Collective Bargaining (AENC), thus nullifying any possibility of an income agreement requested by the government and the Bank of Spain. On the one hand CEOE and Cepyme, and CCOO and UGT On the other hand, they are now directing their organizations to sign thousands of agreements from different companies and sectors.

The CEOE convened its Extraordinary Executive Committee yesterday afternoon to agree on the measures to be taken. Forum attendees He rejected the proposal for a maximum increase of 3.6%, As the general secretaries of the employers’ unions of the organization gathered by the President the day before, Antonio Garamendi.

The reference was in line with the last proposal made to unions for 2022, adding a 2.5% increase in 2023 and 2024. But employers also didn’t approve of a more flexible limit. Sources participating in the committee explained yesterday, “This was the limit reached in the AENC talks: it makes no sense to have it as a reference at this stage nor to link it to the increase in SMI that we have not signed.” has done.”

The principles with which employers would address wage increases are to avoid indexing wages for “volatile inflation” and to look for wage formulas mixed with indicators such as Productivity, employment, behavior of GDP, competitiveness guarantee indicators or, directly, results EBITDA of companies.

Pension scheme or variable remuneration will help the workers to meet the proposals. And, in the last case, if agreement is impossible, it is recommended to exit the agreement. Facing More Than Possible Conflict, CEOE Reminds Companies They Can Decline agreements when due economic, technical, organizational or production “after a consultation period, in accordance with Article 82.3 of the Labor Law”.

The CCOO, on the other hand, understood this message as the challenge ahead for social dialogue. The Sangh has summoned its leadership yesterday to discuss the answers of the masters. their leader, Unai Sordo said the owners’ decision was “economic suicide”. Which would generate a growing campaign of mobilization for collective agreements.

“We are going to transmit social dissent through conflict in negotiations with companies,” he warned. The tension has already overtaken conversations in various areas such as call centers or the metallurgical sector and is at risk of spreading to other activities.

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