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Unions and employers break off talks on 2022 pay hikes without consent

The end of negotiations on wage increases for this year without agreement. Trade unions and employers closed talks on wage increases for 2022 this Thursday, but could not reach an agreement, confirm both sides of Thus, a salary agreement between social agents for this year is out of the question, at least for now. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez asked the social agents to conclude this agreement as part of an “income agreement” to deal with the uncertainty due to the war in Ukraine.

After numerous social agreements over the past two years, the three groups with the government, unions and most employers have not reached a common point in wages. “The insurmountable difference is related to the salary review provision,” CCOO emphasizes in a note. “Yes, negotiations for a salary increase have been completed, but there are other issues that are being discussed,” the UGT says.

Social agents met again this Thursday to discuss the state’s collective bargaining agreement, the so-called AENC, which serves as a guideline for negotiations between companies and sectors across the state. The meeting ended without agreement and termination of negotiations on the issue of wages.

“The positions between the parties are still far apart and an agreement is not possible at this time,” the employers association CEOE told this media outlet. “In any case, all these issues will be submitted for approval to the internal bodies of the SEOC and, if it is impossible to reach an agreement with the trade unions, a recommendation document will be formulated for collective bargaining,” the employer added in the message. association.

Fierce in revision points at prices

On behalf of the unions, the CCOO explained that given the high inflation exceeding 8% yoy in April, “price volatility and uncertainty, the wage review clause is important as the only guarantee to maintain the purchasing power of wages.

In the absence of data on how much the wages of all workers increase, collective bargaining statistics suggest a negotiated increase of 2.4% on average. The data is very far from international inflation as well as core inflation (which isolates more volatile energy and raw food prices) at 4.4% in April, a record since 1995.

Employers remain closed on the issue, categorically refusing to tie wages to prices, as CEOE President Antonio Garamendi has repeatedly said.

“The commercial entities maintain their position by not addressing the said renegotiation clause in the general agreement, which has closed the negotiating table for this year,” the CCOO said in a statement.

UGT confirms that salary negotiations are closed for the moment, but are open to the possibility that negotiations can be resumed at a later date. “They can be renewed within a few months,” they point out.

Now the question is whether the unions will carry out their threat of mobilization, as they warned, if the businessmen hold their ground. CCOO and UGT leaders Unai Sordo and Pepe Alvarez warned on May Day of increased conflict and “increasing mobilization”.


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