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CCOO and UGT cry out against the employers: “It is not acceptable that with soaring inflation they propose increases of 0%”

  • The unions maintain their calendar of mobilizations, spurred by the current escalation in inflation

CCOO Y UGT redouble their calendar of mobilizations to demand that the patronal what does it feel like to negotiate raises salary sufficient given the current escalation of the inflation. The plants are preparing the bases for a hot winter and spring, with some flashes of strikes and work stoppages that have already taken place in recent weeks in Cádiz, A Mariña or el metal de Alicante; among others. This Tuesday the two unions with majority representation have called a rally in front of the employer’s headquarters CEOE in Madrid to demand that he unblock the negotiation of collective agreements and move away from the discourse of “now is not the time to raise wages” that he has been singing in recent months. “Now wages, pay more!“is the slogan that has led the protest, which has brought together some 600 union delegates in Madrid.

“It is not acceptable that a country that has an inflation shot at 5.5% is the employer at the negotiating tables carrying proposals for salary increases of 0%,” said the Secretary General of CCOO, Unai Sordo, this Tuesday at the doors of CEOE. In the middle of the final stretch of the talks on labor reform, the centrals are betting on tightening a nut on employers for the other great pending issue: wages. According to the latest data from the Ministry of Labor, the increase in salaries agreed in the agreement until November was of 1,49%; substantially below the accumulated inflation for the same month, which the last update of the INE stood at 5.3%.

It is not only that the agreements that are signed, for the most part, incorporate increases far from the evolution of the price index, but that few are signed and many tables are blocked. In 2019 there were a total of 11.39 million workers covered by a collective agreement in force; compared to 7.3 million current workers. Which means that currently only 45% of wage earners are covered by an agreement in force. And it is that inflation has caused a block in both directions. The bosses do not want to assume wage increases above inflation and the centrals are not willing to accept less. “The agreements cannot be signed losing purchasing power”, has declared the general secretary of UGT, Pepe Alvarez; setting the pace for your delegates.

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“We demand that the table for the Employment Agreement and Collective Bargaining (AENC). […] The loophole is over, this is the beginning of global mobilizations that have to lead us to end the wage freeze, “said Álvarez. The centrals press the CEOE to reopen the AENC negotiating tables, a kind agreement of agreements where the social agents in a bipartite way agree on the general references for the negotiation sector by sector or company to company. In the previous one (2018-2020) a range of salary increases of between 2% and 3% was agreed , in addition to a minimum wage per agreement of 1,000 euros per month (in 14 payments, or 14,000 euros per year).

This Tuesday it was Madrid’s turn, which has followed in the wake of Barcelona. On Sunday, December 12, CCOO, UGT and social entities took to the streets to demand a fairer solution to the covid crisis. What, in his opinion, goes through better wages, more investment in the public sector and the repeal of the ‘gag law’ and the labor reform of the PP; among others.

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