“Sometimes not trading gets lost”

“This minister was willing to negotiate an amount [de l’augment del salari mínim] lower. Sometimes non-bargaining is lost. “This is how the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, addressed the employers as a result of the agreement with the unions (UGT and CCOO) to increase the minimum interprofessional wage by 15 euros a month in 2021. without having received the Yes of employers. “I hope that [la patronal] “The image is very different from that of January 22 last year, when Díaz signed with all social agents the increase in the SMI to 950 euros.” A new one begins stage: that of the dialogue with capital letters “, he said at the time.

Twenty months later, and with a handful of labor agreements reached, the consensus has been fragmented for the first time. While Díaz points to “red lines” of the employer, “which entered into negotiations with 0 and leaves with 0”, the employer, and in particular the President of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, has noted that “the decision [del govern espanyol] it was already taken “before.” It has been taken in political terms and not as a serious approach, “he said in an interview with Onda Cero on Friday.

Garamendi has insisted that the economic situation still “does not allow” an increase in the SMI. According to the employer, the decision to increase the minimum wage by 15 euros per month (up to 965 euros per month in fourteen payments) will increase the shadow economy and destroy jobs. However, he has not closed the door to sit down at future meetings to finish closing the SMI increase for 2022 and 2023: “In January we will be in a different position, we’ll see.”

The Ministry of Labor continues to defend that it is the employers who have to explain why “they have agreed to increase the salary of collective agreements by 1.5% and not the minimum wage by 1.6%”, recalled Yolanda Díaz yesterday . It is estimated that the increase will affect one and a half million workers, especially in the countryside and in the hospitality sector, who cannot benefit from a collective agreement.

“I have to say it openly, I am closer to Nadia Calviño’s postulates,” Garamendi acknowledged when asked if the Economy Minister’s decision to raise the SMI was “disallowed.” Until now, the increase in the minimum wage had not only generated debate with social agents, but also within the Spanish government itself. Especially between Calviño (PSOE), opposed until recently to increase it, and Díaz (United We Can). The two ministers also do not agree at the outset on many of the labor measures that will have to face this autumn, which could further complicate the negotiation.

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