The CEOE will negotiate the labor and pension reform despite the rise in the SMI

20/09/2021 – 18:24

One week after the exclusive agreement between the Government and the UGT and CCOO, which led to the increase in the minimum interprofessional salary to 964 euros per month – effective from September – CEOE offered to resume the social dialogue and return to the working groups to negotiate the labor reform and pensions. This change on the part of the employer is produced since it refused to increase the SMI and left the agreement in the hands of the Executive and the unions.

Back to the dialog

On Monday, with a different tone, Antonio Garamendi, CEOE president, said that the business organization he directs will continue to work at the tables “like the first day.” In this sense, Garamendi underlined the framework of the social dialogue, “which has worked and continues to work, even when we say no.” “I say it – ahond the executive of CEOE – so that it is clear that we are going to continue working in the tables as the first day”.

At an event organized in Seville where the future of companies was discussed, Garamendi greeted the CCOO and UGT representatives present at the event, which was also attended by the First Vice President of the Government and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calvio.

It was precisely in this space where the economic vice president, Nadia Calvio, remarked that she had authorized the increase of 15 euros in the SMI, because, according to her statements, the good economic and labor market evolution allows it.

The number two of the Government – which this Monday later met with the president of the Board, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla – maintained that the SMI is an “important instrument to advance in the redistribution of income and in the support of vulnerable workers “.

Calvio also added that he would have liked the CEOE employer to have joined the agreement, “but it could not be”, although he hopes that more consensus will continue to be reached and advance in the objective of bringing the SMI closer to 60% of the average salary in Spain.

It should be remembered that it was Calvio, who last week spoke of an increase in the SMI of a “limited” nature and for the last quarter of the year, giving room for an agreement that included the CEOE. Then, the critics of the bosses and organizations like Cepyme or ATA, reproached the inconvenience of the economic moment to apply this rise. In a political sense, this action gave the winner to Minister Yolanda Daz for imposing her position in the Executive. Today, the Minister of Labor defend the main lines of her labor reform in Congress.

Climb scheduled for 28

The Government will foreseeably approve in the Council of Ministers on September 28 the increase in the minimum interprofessional salary (SMI) to 965 euros per month for 14 payments agreed with CCOO and UGT. The Government spokeswoman, Isabel Rodríguez, clarified yesterday that this increase, which will take effect from September 1, is not on the agenda of the Council of Ministers this Tuesday.

The spokeswoman pointed out, in relation to the differences between Nadia Calvio and Yolanda Daz, that she understands that it is necessary to “fill hours of social gatherings”, but that the Government thinks, above all, of the well-being of the citizens.

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