Minimum wage | The CEOE will not attend this Wednesday’s meeting on the minimum wage

Minimum wage |  The CEOE will not attend this Wednesday’s meeting on the minimum wage

The CEOE has announced tonight that “the conditions are not met” for him to attend the meeting that this Tuesday the Ministry of Labor has convened to try to close an agreement with employers and unions regarding the increase in the interprofessional minimum wage (SMI) for 2023.

It’s a statement, CEOE explains that it already forwarded its approach to the SMI to the Ministry in December without receiving a response, Therefore, he will not attend tomorrow’s meeting and is “waiting to formally receive a proposal from the Government to be able to analyze it in depth” with his organizations.

The employer maintains that the minimum wage should rise 4%up to 1,040 euros gross per month in 14 payments, subject to establishing a system of deductions applicable to the agricultural sector and modifying the regulations for price revisions in contracts with the public sector in order to pass on the increase in SMI to contracts in progress. .

Faced with the position of the CEOE, the UGT and CCOO unions believe that the SMI would have to rise at least 10%up to 1,100 euros gross per month, while the second vice president and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, has been in favor of an increase that is located in the upper part of the range proposed by the committee of experts (between 1,046 and 1,082 euros). .

For her part, the First Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calviño, has been insisting for days that the rise in the SMI should be part of an income agreement between employers and unions that establishes guidelines for the set of wages negotiated in the collective agreement.

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The UGT Secretary General, Pepe Alvarezhas criticized this Monday the intention of the first vice president to want to link the SMI to collective bargaining because his concern is with the lowest wages, “those who are having the most difficulties to make ends meet.”

The final decision on the SMI is made by the Government, which is only obliged to consult the social agents and which has indicated that the increase will be applied retroactively from January 1.

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