The General Union of Workers (UGT) and Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) have launched this Thursday a joint proposal by which they ask the employer to include a wage review clause in the Agreement for Employment and Collective Bargaining that combines the evolution of power purchasing power of workers and the economic evolution of companies. Both union associations had previously announced that this would be the last offer that they would present to CEOE and CEPYME in order to close a minimum agreement at the national level and that otherwise, they would “launch” the negotiation of each sector and company. The proposal demands minimum initial increases of 5% for 2022, 4.5% for 2023 and 3.75% for 2024.
As the CCOO secretary, Unai Sordo, announced weeks ago, the unions have accepted the employer’s proposal to take into account the progress of the specific company when requesting salary improvements. As reflected in the document, an additional rise would be added to the initial percentages that would take into account the deviation from inflation registered in each of these three years. To carry out this calculation, CCOO and UGT propose to develop an Economic Information System for Collective Bargaining (SIENC) that includes all the information that will be taken as a reference to apply the ‘extra’ rise.
The objective, according to the unions, is that “the recovery of the purchasing power of wages has a relationship with the economic evolution of the sectors with reliable data.” The union representatives want the SIENC to be based on official sources, for which they have also requested the General Treasury of Social Security to generate a list of the companies that are covered by each collective agreement through the code that the companies transfer to the Ministry of José Luis Escrivá. Later, the State Tax Administration Agency (AEAT) would bring together the information on sales, purchases and wages that it has collected since 2014, to complete the mechanism.
The secretaries of both unions had planned to offer a press conference this Thursday morning that has finally been canceled due to a leak, which, according to what they have assured, occurred before the associations closed all the details.