Monday, November 28

Antonio Garamendi revalidates the CEOE presidency for another four more years


The president of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE), Antonio Garamendi, has revalidated his mandate as head of the employers’ association for another four years, after obtaining the support of 534 votes in the Electoral Assembly of the CEOE, held this Wednesday at the National Auditorium. With the end of the electoral process in the employers’ association, Garamendi is expected to reactivate some negotiations that had been stalled, such as the salary increase and the last part of the pension reform.

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Garamendi was competing with the vice president of Foment del Treball, Virginia Guinda, who obtained 87 votes. In total, 643 votes have been counted, of which 14 have been blank and 8 were invalid.

The Electoral Assembly started in the second convocation, at 10:00 a.m., and the voting began around 10:30 a.m., after the constitution of the two tables, of the AK, in which the two candidates voted, and of the LZ. Voting ended around 1:30 p.m., to then proceed to the vote count, which concluded at 2:26 p.m.

This will be the second term for Garamendi after being elected president of the CEOE in 2018 by acclamation of the Electoral Assembly. It will also be the last, since the Statutes of the employer limit the time in which a person can remain in the Presidency to two terms.

With his re-election, the Basque businessman remains the fifth president of the CEOE since its foundation in 1977, after Carlos Ferrer Salat, José María Cuevas, Gerardo Díaz Ferrán and Juan Rosell.

Garamendi, born in 1958 in Getxo (Vizcaya), is a Law graduate, businessman and former director of REE. Throughout his professional career he has held various positions, including CEO of Bankoa, president of the Business Group, director of Babcock & Wilcox and Tubos Reunidos, president of the employers’ association for young entrepreneurs Ceaje, and member of the Chamber of the Biscay Property.

pending negotiations

After numerous social dialogue pacts, there have been none for months. The climate has become rare with the blockade of employers to a salary agreement to face skyrocketing prices, which has led the unions to the streets. Other negotiations, such as the Scholarship Statute, which has been delayed since the summer, are not closing or advancing normally either. And in general, the tone has changed. If before the tripartite dialogue between the Government and the social partners was held up as an example of respect and the capacity for consensus between different positions and interests, now it adds reproaches against each other.

Now, with the re-election of Garamendi, both the Government and the unions hope that the negotiations of the income agreement, which includes the salary increase, and the last phase of the pension reform, will be resumed.

The First Vice President of the Government and Minister of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calviño, hopes to be able to “reactivate” a possible income agreement with the social partners after the CEOE elections.

Calviño, in statements to Antena 3 collected by Europa Press, stressed that reaching an income agreement with the social agents would be “very important” for Spain and would send a “clear signal of confidence” to citizens, companies and investors for the coming years.

“We are going to see if after these elections and with the result that comes out we can reactivate this income agreement, because I believe that the will of all the social agents is there and see if all the incentives align and we can finish agreeing on that issue , which would be very important for our country”, said the vice president, who considers that the increase in the minimum interprofessional wage (SMI) should be part of said income agreement.



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