The CEOE charges harshly for the rise in maximum prices

The president of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi. / R. C.

The employers criticize the measure, which raises the charges assumed by companies for their workers, for being "inadmissible and unpresentable"

Jose Maria Waiter

First official response from employers to one of the most important measures included in the State Budget for 2023, that of the 8.6% rise in maximum contributions for next year. The CEOE has branded this Government decision as "inadmissible and unpresentable".

In a harsh statement, the employers' association has denounced that this decision has been adopted "unilaterally and behind the back of social dialogue", where the second leg of the pension reform is currently being negotiated, in which precisely one of the issues to be dealt with is the maximum pension and the maximum contribution base. "There is a specific table with the social partners to deal with this issue and it met for the last time last Monday without anything being transferred to us on this matter, with which the decision adopted is unpresentable and devalues ​​social dialogue," stresses the CEOE .

The business organization "does not understand" that the Government is asking for an income pact from the social agents, and at the same time the Executive itself "makes unilateral decisions in aspects that affect it substantially."

The employers' association warns that raising social contributions and placing an "even greater" burden on companies is a "serious mistake", since it considers that it will have "harmful effects on employment". In fact, it calculates that, adding to this measure the overcontribution included in the Intergenerational Equity Mechanism (a generalized increase of 0.6 points in contributions as of January 1 to face the greater expense in benefits), the associated costs to work will increase by more than 9% "in a context of economic deterioration and generalized uncertainty".

«Spanish companies have made an extra effort in recent years to maintain employment and cushion, more in the short term, the rise in inflation. This new blow to the productive fabric, at a time when the state coffers present a record collection, again generates mistrust in companies and legal insecurity and supposes an unnecessary obstacle to competitiveness and economic growth", stresses the organization that Antonio Garamendi presides.