Unions and employers break the negotiation of the salary increase for 2022 without an agreement

End to the negotiations on the wage increase for this year without agreement. The unions and employers have closed this Thursday the talks on the salary increase for 2022 without being able to reach an agreement, both parties confirm to elDiario.es. Thus, a salary agreement between the social agents for this year is ruled out, at least for the time being. The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, asked the social agents for this agreement within a "rent agreement" to deal with uncertainty over the war in Ukraine.

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After numerous social agreements in the last two years, three bands with the Government, the unions and the majority employers do not achieve a common point in wages. "The insurmountable difference is related to the salary review clause," CCOO highlights in a note. "Yes, the salary increase negotiations have ended, but there are other issues that are being negotiated," they indicate from UGT.

The social agents have met again this Thursday to address the state collective bargaining agreement, the so-called AENC, which serves as a reference for the negotiation of companies and sectors throughout the State. The meeting ended without an agreement and ending the talks on the salary issue.

"The positions are still far apart between the parties and the agreement does not seem possible at the moment," they respond to this medium from the CEOE employers' association. "In any case, all these issues will be submitted for consultation in the internal bodies of CEOE and, in the event that an agreement with unions is not possible, a document of recommendations for collective bargaining will be formulated," they add in the employer's association.

Fierce in the revision clauses according to the prices

From the unions, CCOO has explained that taking into account the high inflation, above 8% year-on-year in the month of April, "the instability and uncertainty of prices, the salary review clause is essential, as the only guarantee of maintenance of the purchasing power of wages.

In the absence of data on how much the wages of all workers are rising, the statistics of collective agreements contemplate agreed increases of 2.4% on average. The data is very far from the interannual inflation, also from the subjacent one (which isolates energy prices and unprocessed food, more volatile) and that stood at 4.4% in April, a record since 1995.

Employers have remained closed on this issue, strongly refusing to link wages to prices, as the president of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, has expressed on numerous occasions.

"The business organizations maintain their position of not contemplating said revision clause in a general agreement, for which the parties have closed the negotiating table for this year," the CCOO statement collects.

In UGT they confirm that, at the moment, the talks on salaries are closed, but they are open to the fact that the negotiation can be recovered later. "They can be resumed over the months," they indicate.

Now the question is whether the unions will materialize their threat of mobilizations, as they had warned in case the businessmen maintained their position. The leaders of the CCOO and UGT, Unai Sordo and Pepe Álvarez, warned of the increase in conflict and a "growing mobilization".

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