February 26, 2021

Workers with salaries of at least 1,000 euros increase by 35% in the agreements signed last year

The minimum wage per agreement of 1,000 euros per month was one of the most outstanding commitments by the unions of the IV Agreement for Employment and Collective Bargaining (AENC), that was signed a year ago. Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) has highlighted on Tuesday that collective agreements signed since then include that minimum of 14,000 euros per year of salary for more than four million workers, representing an increase of 35% over the previous content of these agreements.

That increase, explains Mari Cruz Vicente, CCOO union action secretary, refers to the workers who are already benefiting from that minimum of 14,000 euros per year in the agreements that have been renewed or signed since July 2018. But, he says: more agreements signed in this last year that comply with the AENC but that contain that minimum compensation to be applied in 2020.

Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) appreciates the progress made one year after the IV Agreement for Employment and Collective Bargaining (AENC) 2018-2020 reached by trade unions and employers. "It has meant a before and after in the increase of wages," said the secretary general of CCOO, Unai Sordo.

Salaries with a collective agreement have gained 1.1% of purchasing power until May and the union expects this improvement to continue throughout 2019. This is due to the fact that there has been the highest initial wage increase registered since the year 2019 (2.21%), while prices have increased by 1.15%.

For Commissions this is good news, but they stress that the AENC alone can not recover all the lost purchasing power and demands the next central government to eliminate the key elements of the labor reform that they agreed during the last legislature.

90% of workers with a sectoral agreement have maintained or gained purchasing power, but in an unequal manner. For example: only 32% increase it by at least 1%.

As for wage increases, they have also been unevenly distributed. For 60% of the employees affected by these agreements have raised the salary by 2% or more, while 21% have raised it less than 1.5%. "There is still an important union work to be done so that all workers can participate in the benefits of economic growth," they say from CCOO.

According to the CCOO report, the service sector is experiencing the greatest increase (2.36%), followed by construction (2.25%). On the opposite side is the industry, with the lowest rise (1.97%). "Exports suffer from the commercial war, but the business margins where they have increased the most are in the manufacturing sector, so that it should be compensated", point from CCOO to explain the little rise in the industry.

For the first time since 2009, wages grew at a faster rate than productivity; in the first quarter they grew by 1.5% compared to 0.5%. "Wages are being able to dispute those important business margins that have been taking place for three years in Spain," says Sordo.

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