UGT asks the CEOE "day and time" to unclog the salary increase

The general secretary of the UGT, Pepe Álvarez. / EFE

Álvarez is open to making salary review clauses more flexible, will defend a minimum salary of 1,100 euros and proposes to the Government to create a rescue fund for families with mortgages in the face of the escalation of the Euribor

Lucia Palacios

September has started with many pending challenges for UGT. The main one of all is the rise in wages, that is its “fundamental objective” for the final stretch of the year. This was emphasized by its general secretary, Pepe Álvarez, in the traditional informative breakfast that he maintains with the media at the beginning of the course.

Álvarez made it clear that they will not give up their efforts to unclog the negotiation of a new collective agreement (AENC) that will mark the path of wages for the coming years and that takes inflation into account. "We want the AENC, we are on time, we want it to be the instrument that pulls the entire salary of the country's workers," he said. And for this reason, she sent a direct message to the CEOE, which she accused of being "responsible" for the fact that most of the agreements have not been renewed: "I ask the CEOE for an appointment to meet. Time and day. Whenever you want. With stenographers or not.

The union leader warned that the negotiation must resume "as soon as possible if we do not want this country to enter a spiral of conflict." In fact, he warned that they are preparing, together with the CCOO, a calendar of mobilizations. However, Álvarez was open to making the salary guarantee clauses more flexible, the great stumbling block for which the negotiation failed, and remarked that his proposal was a 3.5% increase in 2022 with a clause that 50% would be paid to end of the year and the remaining 50% could be delayed in payment until 2025. "We have moved, we have already made more flexible and we are waiting for the CEOE's proposal," he said.

In this sense, UGT will also fight to achieve a Minimum Salary for 2023 of 1,100 euros, something above what it expects the commission's proposal to be, which it thinks will set 60% of the average salary at 1,075-1,080 euros.

On the other hand, Álvarez announced that they will propose to the Government next week the creation of a rescue fund for families who have mortgages and find themselves with problems paying the fee due to the escalation of the Euribor, which can mean an increase of 150 euros a month for a mortgage of 200,000 euros. «In this country, banks have been rescued, companies have been rescued, the self-employed... We cannot stop making an effort to rescue families who are going to have difficulties in coping with the consequences of the rise in interests that is taking place in Spain", he advocated. His approach would be to allocate some 450 million to these families, which could be obtained at least in part from the new banking tax.


On the other hand, the general secretary of the UGT warned the Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá, before the first meeting that they will hold next Monday for the second phase of the pension reform, that "in no way" will they accept any extension of the computation period to calculate the pension. “For us it is fine as it is. It is a fair, reasonable system », he indicated. Of course, he was delighted to accept if he proposed that within 25 years of calculation, one can be chosen.

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