“Salaries or conflict”, has resounded again this Friday throughout the country. This morning the first mobilization of the majority unions, CCOO and UGT, took place in the announced scale of protests due to the employer’s blockade of a wage increase agreement. With some 400 people in front of the CEOE headquarters in Madrid, and dozens of other demonstrations in front of the premises of business organizations throughout the country, the workers’ representatives have demanded that the employers sit down to negotiate a salary increase in the face of high inflation.
CCOO and UGT call to go out on October 7 and November 3 to demand a rise in wages
The protest of this October 7 has coincided with the World Day for Decent Work, in which the unions have claimed “salary justice” and a rise in salaries that cushions the impact of inflation.
The leader of the CCOO, Unai Sordo, has criticized that businessmen want to get out of the price crisis like the previous one, “impoverishing the social majority”. “It is shameful to say that the employers’ bet in Spain is to keep their profits, their surpluses, their assets, their dividends intact… at the cost of keeping 17 million people with a decrease in their real salaries. We are not going to resign ourselves to that scenario for justice, for equality, but also for economic efficiency”, Sordo stressed.
“If there is no increase in wages, we cannot say that the work is decent”, highlighted the general secretary of the UGT, Pepe Álvarez, who has accused the companies of “riching themselves” with the rise in prices at the expense of not raising wages of your templates.
They warn of a “conflict scenario”
As the motto of the mobilization campaign indicates, union leaders have reminded business organizations that the refusal to raise wages will mean an increase in conflicts throughout the country. Thus, CCOO and UGT have advanced a “conflict scenario” in 2023 if they do not sit down again at the dialogue table of the Agreement for Employment and Collective Bargaining (AENC), frozen since the beginning of May.
“In front of the employer’s headquarters, we want to reiterate that either there is negotiation or there is conflict; either there are salaries or there is a conflict, the general secretary of the UGT has expressed.
Sordo has warned that employers want to get out of this crisis “through the door they have always come out of”, making “the workers pay with their salaries and, perhaps, with their jobs”, for which has criticized his “lack of co-responsibility with the progress of the country.”
Salary increases of 4% this 2022
The union organizations have demanded that the CEOE return to wage negotiations, which broke down in May due to the resounding rejection of the employers to include purchasing power guarantee clauses. A fundamental safeguard for the unions, open to discussing its terms, but only accepting modest wage increases at the moment if there was a commitment to update them for inflation in the following two years to avoid losing purchasing power.
CCOO and UGT have explained that the union requests for a salary increase for this year have changed compared to higher because inflation has been higher throughout 2022.
“We will put the proposals back on the table if it reopens. What we are proposing to CEOE are initial salary increases for 2022, 2023 and 2024. They have to be around 4% or 4.5% by 2022, but the key to reaching an agreement is commitments to recover the current loss of purchasing power throughout 2023 and 2024 ”, explained Unai Sordo, collects Europa Press. However, he has clarified that the specific figures for the increase will be negotiated at the table “when it is something more than something blocked”.
From UGT, Pepe Álvarez has recalled that this Friday’s concentration will be followed by assemblies and meetings in the companies throughout the month to “accompany workers who are negotiating”, ending on November 3 with “a great demonstration in Madrid”.
“It is not the end of anything, it is the point and followed by the fight, which will continue until we get the employers to sit down at the negotiating table with proposals and we can get out of the situation in which we find ourselves. It is not possible to continue maintaining the situation that wages have in our country”, he added.