The footwear sector signs its agreement with a salary increase of 12.5% in 4 years
The Commission in charge of Negotiations of the Collective Agreement of the footwear industry has signed a regulatory framework for the sector for the next 4 yearsincluding a salary increase of 12.5% until December 31, 2025. The agreement reached with the employers became official this Tuesday after agreeing on the terms.
Employers and unions reached an agreement on December 27 after almost a year of negotiations and ratified on January 4 by the workers’ assemblies, which put an end to union demands that included a day of strike on December 1. The signing of the agreement ensures four exercises of stability and social peace for the sector, the parties point out.
The economic effects of this agreement will apply from July 1, 2022, with a salary increase of 4% in that section; another 4% in 2023; 2.5% more in 2024, and an increase of 2% for 2025. For his part, the spokesperson for the business representation in the negotiation, Jose Maria Escrigaspointed out that the agreement “allows us to face 2023 with the maximum possible unity so that companies and workers emerge stronger from this new stage.”
The agreement includes a clause upward salary review if it were the case at the end of the validity period. It will take into account the difference between the real accumulated CPI and the accumulated salary increase in the tables up to a maximum difference of 3%which will be added from January 2026.
Regarding the annual working day, the current one is 1,788 hours in the sector and, after signing the agreement, this will be reduced by 4 hours in 2023, by another 4 hours in 2024 and 4 more in 2025, for the sum of 12 hour reduction. In this way, UGT FICA sources indicate in a note that they hope that the period of validity and the social peace generated with this signature “will allow the training of workers to achieve greater specialization at work and, consequently, more salary” .
The Federation of Spanish Footwear Industries recalls that the sector it represents “is a network of small and medium-sized companies where labor costs represent more than 50% of the cost of the product”. Finally, he adds that throughout the negotiation period “there are many companies that, despite the fact that they were not obliged to do so, have already advanced salary increases to give an answer to the economic situation of its workers and their families”.