CEOE has announced tonight that “the conditions are not met” so that he can attend the meeting that the Ministry of Labor has called tomorrow to try to close an agreement with employers and unions regarding the increase in the interprofessional minimum wage (SMI) for 2023.
In a statement, CEOE explains that it already brought its proposal regarding the SMI to the Ministry in December without receiving a response, so it will not attend tomorrow’s meeting and is “waiting to formally receive a proposal from the Government to be able to analyze in depth” with their organizations.
The employer maintains that the minimum wage should rise by 4%, up to 1,040 euros gross per month in 14 payments, subject to establishing a system of deductions applicable to the agricultural sector and modifying the price review regulations in contracts with the public sector in order to pass on the increase of the SMI in the contracts in execution.
Faced with the position of the CEOE, the UGT and CCOO unions believe that the SMI has to rise at least 10%, up to 1,100 euros gross per month, while the second vice president and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, has been in favor of an increase that is located in the upper part of the range proposed by the committee of experts (between 1,046 and 1,082 euros).
Calviño insists on marking his rise in an income agreement
For her part, the First Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calviño, has been insisting for days that the rise in the SMI should be part of an income agreement between employers and unions that establish guidelines for the set of wages negotiated in the collective agreement.
The general secretary of UGT, Pepe Álvarez, has criticized this Monday the intention of the first vice president to want to link the SMI to collective bargaining because his concern is in the lowest wages, “those who are having more difficulties to reach a final From me”. The latest decision on the SMI is from the Government, which is only obliged to consult the social agents and which has indicated that the increase will be used retroactively from January 1.