10 jul 2018
In Moncloa

CEOE, CEPYME, UGT AND CC OO PRESENT THE FOURTH AGREEMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE GOVERNMENT, PEDRO SÁNCHEZ

The presidents of CEOE and CEPYME, Juan Rosell and Antonio Garamendi, respectively, met with the president of the government, Pedro Sánchez, and the Minister of Labour, Magdalena Valerio, at a meeting that was also attended by the general secretaries of u

During the meeting, held at Palacio de La Moncloa, Juan Rosell said he was against a corporate tax hike, since corporations in Spain are currently taxed at rates comparable to the European corporate rates and their social contributions are actually higher than the European average.

CEOE and CEPYME with the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez
The presidents of CEOE and CEPYME, Juan Rosell and Antonio Garamendi, respectively, met with the president of the government, Pedro Sánchez, and the Minister of Labour, Magdalena Valerio — ©CEOE

Furthermore, he explained at the press conference following the Moncloa meeting that he conveyed to the president of the Government his concern about the fact that the increased public spending will result in higher public deficit. In his opinion, the deficit has to be controlled in periods of economic growth.

Meanwhile, the president of CEPYME, Antonio Garamendi, said that "what the President of the Government is telling us is that they want the agreement", in addition to highlighting the positive attitude emanating from the meeting. The also vice-president of CEOE said that companies should not have to bear more burdens if the salary increases proposed in the collective bargaining agreements are expected to be kept in place.

The social partners presented the Fourth Agreement for Employment and Collective Bargaining 2018-2020, that they signed last week, to the President of the Government and they emphasized the issues that need to be addressed by the tripartite and the government.  In fact, the regulation of the minimum salary agreed upon between the social partners and other the parts of the agreement needs the direct intervention of the executive and legislative powers.

The agreement, whose general guidelines were already presented to the President over the first meeting held at the Palacio de la Moncloa on June 13, contemplates a salary increase of around 2%, plus a 1% variable, and a minimum salary through collective agreement of €14000 a year by 2020.