The CEOE stands up to Díaz at the meeting for the SMI and makes an agreement impossible


CEOE has announced tonight that “the conditions are not givenso i can attend to the meeting that the Ministry of Labor has convened tomorrow to try to close an agreement with employers and unions regarding the increase in the minimum interprofessional wage (SMI) for 2023.

In a statement, CEOE explains that it already transferred to the Ministry in December its approach regarding the SMI without receiving a response, so it will not attend tomorrow’s meeting and remains “Waiting to formally receive a proposal from the Government to be able to analyze it in depthwith their organizations.

The employer maintains that the minimum wage should go up 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 modify the regulation of price revision 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 they believe that the SMI should 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 framing his rise in an income agreement

For her part, the First Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calvinohas been insisting for days that the rise in the SMI should be part of an income pact between employers and unions that establishes a guideline for the set of wages negotiated in the collective agreement.

The General Secretary of the UGT, Pepe Alvarezhas criticized this Monday the intention of the first vice president of want to link the SMI to collective bargaining because his concern is with the lowest wages, “those who are having the most difficulties to make ends meet.” The final decision on the SMI is made by the Government, which is only obliged to consult the social agents and which has indicated that the increase will be applied retroactively from January 1.

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