The Metallurgical Workers Union (UOM) agreed with the businessmen of the sector an additional increase of 15% and closed the parity at 50.2% until April, when they will sit down again to negotiate. In this way, the union led by Antonio Caló is among the five with the highest annualized increases.
In April, the UOM had agreed to an annual increase of 35.2% plus the payment of non-remunerative amounts. In this way, it had hovered around 45%, with a revision schedule for December. However, the incessant rise in inflation accelerated times and the Government enabled the meetings to be brought forward in order to have the agreements closed before the general elections in November.
Caló is seeking a place in the CGT triumvirate and needed to reach an above-average salary agreement to position himself. From the business sector they speak of a necessary recomposition, but also of an additional effort on the part of employers and the urgent revision of some policies in economic matters.
“With this anticipated closing of 2021/22 joint ventures, it has been possible to give predictability to metallurgical workers and industrialists, something that brings greater tranquility to the economy of our sector, but this must be accompanied, necessarily, by the behavior of the other variables, in a complicated national and international economic context, in a post-pandemic era marked by trade barriers, a lack of raw materials and an increase in relative costs, ”said José Luis Ammaturo, president of the Chamber of the Small and Medium Metallurgical Industry Argentina ( CAMIMA).
How will the increases in the wages of metalworkers be
- An increase of 5% will apply from January 1, 2022.
- A second increase of 5% will be applied from February 1.
- The last 5% increase will apply from March 1.
- All the increase percentages will be applied to the values of the basic salaries corresponding to the different categories of CCT 260/75 in force as of March 31, 2021, that is, they are not cumulative.
- The agreement will be valid until March 31, 2022 and they promised not to meet again until the next joint meeting that will begin in April.
- The global reference minimum will be increased by the same percentages as the basic ones.
The Minister of Economy participated in the first day of the business event. In a recorded message, he emphasized that the private sector has a fundamental role. He spoke of the agreement with the IMF and the task of “balancing” all the variables that it is carrying out.
Next Wednesday, Caló will meet the general secretaries of the UOM at its headquarters to share the details of the signed agreement and show the data reached. As it was signed in private headquarters, it must be approved by the Ministry of Labor.